Staying safe on a bike is a major concern for many riders. Now a new American system could create laser-guided bike lanes.

The idea is to make cyclists more visible at night and encourage motorists to give them a wide berth. More than 20 US states already have laws requiring drivers to give cyclists a margin of at least three feet when overtaking. The XFire BikeLane tail light works by projecting two red laser beams onto the ground either side of the bike. You can tailor the width of your “lane” from roughly two to four feet depending on how you angle the unit, and you can choose to have the beams flashing if you want.

Check it out at the Guardian’s bike blog.

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