Vespertine Reflective Belt
VespertineNYC offers not only stylish reflective belts but also scarves, vests, and other clothing items that create a safe nighttime glow. The belts pictured here cost $36, and a scarf will run you about $92.
Katie Barton’s SpotMe buttons are customizable reflective stickers you can apply to any biking outfit. The embroidery adds a chic touch by day, but at $5 each you may want to try a minimalist approach.
Mini Monkey Light
This Mini Monkey Light is completely customizable, with any pattern or image you can dream up displayed on your bike wheels for creative self-expression as well as incredible side visibility at night.
LED by Lite LightStraps
LED by Lite LightStraps clip or velcro onto your bike frame and can easily be removed to avoid theft. The strips pulsate for improved visibility and come with a rechargeable battery pack that can even be charged up via USB cable.
Angella Mackey Jacket and Cape
Angella Mackey’s Vega jacket has buttons hidden in the collar for the wearer to choose white buttons in the front, red in the rear, or a flashing mode. She sold out of her 2011 line and is making the capes to order while she works on winter and waterproof versions for next year.
FibreFlare Side Light
FibreFlare Side Lights come in yellow, green, or blue and offer improved side visibility to prevent the most common cause of nighttime car-bike accidents. FibreFlares have white components in the front, red in the back, plus the custom-color option you choose for the side for all-around safe lighting at night. They cost $40 and can be mounted to your bike or even your bag or jacket.
Ethan Frier and Jonathan Ota of Carnegie Mellon University haven’t taken their idea to market yet, but the dynamo-powered Project Aura lights look like something that should be available to bikers. These lights require no batteries to work because they are powered by the movement of the bike itself, and idea that seems self-evident after you hear it even the first time.
If you’re in the market for bike lighting, keep an eye on Kickstarter, a site that offers startup funding to inventors trying to get a business off the ground and gauge public support. What do you think is the ideal form of bike lighting? Let us know what you’re looking for in comments.