Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Bryan Mealy

Abstract

Bicycles are vehicles that do not require a license to operate and share the road with cars, motorcycles, and other fast moving vehicles. An improper lane change from a bicyclist, such as one without any warning, can lead to great injury or death (especially after sundown). Bike Safe addresses this safety concern by providing a low-cost device that mimics the warning system motorists’ use every day. The system consists of a red brake light and amber turning signal lights that mounts to the rear of the bike, as well as a white headlamp that mounts to the front handlebars. The bicyclist safely and easily controls the turning lights signal without removing their hands from the handlebars. In addition, when the bicyclist applies the brakes, the red brake light significantly brightens until the bicyclist releases the brakes. Bike Safe also has a solar panel that charges the battery in order to provide a more reliable power source and a longer battery life for night-time bike rides.

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