“It’s something that we’re looking into for the future of how to make the right product for the consumer,” says Scott Kasin, Trek’s electronics and integration product manager. “It was truly eye-opening for all of us.”
A yearlong experiment with nearly 4,000 cyclists in Denmark found that those who used front and rear daytime running lights had 19% fewer crashes that caused injury than those in a control group.
The likelihood of bike crashes is declining as ridership rises in big U.S. cities, data suggest. Rides on bikes offered through city-centered bike-share programs have surged—to 28 million last year—as the programs expand, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Two cyclists have died in bike-share crashes out of more than 100 million trips since 2010: a woman in Chicago last year and, recently, a man in New York.
Bike-share bikes are thought to be safer than personal bikes because they tend to be heavier, slower and equipped with lights, according to a report by the Mineta Transportation Institute, a research center at San Jose State University.
Advocates say the best way to make cycling safer is to build more protected bike lanes.