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Cyclist Wing

The Cyclist Wing is a conceptual product from the minds that brought you the Totobobo Mask. The wing attaches to the cyclist’s back and provides a visual indication of how much space a cyclist should be afforded, and through integrated air filters, it helps reduce pollution.

Check out this Google Doc for more info.

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14 Comments

  1. mcwopAugust 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Love it. Yes, cars pay road taxes, but some of my income tax dollars are also funneled to roads. However, cars do not pay the true cost of their negative externalities such as emissions.

  2. leeAugust 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    1. As if aerodynamic resistance wasn’t enough of a problem, these people want to add something to make it even worse? Perhaps masochists who enjoy riding into 30mph headwinds would enjoy using this thing. Most of us want to keep our efforts to a minimum and our efficiency at a maximum.

    2. Some cyclists – especially those fully equipped with helmets, protective glasses, air filter face masks, lycra and reflective flourescent jackets – look ‘different’ enough without some idiotic wings attached to their backs. There’s a limit to how ‘different’ most people will willingly look in public. Even the most well-equipped cyclists would draw the line well before ‘different’ becomes ‘ridiculous’; i.e. these wings.

    3. Another reason for motorists to hate cyclists. “Look at that smug f**ker hogging the lane with his more-environmentally-friendly-than-thou device. What an asshole”

    Keep this product conceptual please.

  3. B-bikerAugust 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    love slide #6 in the Google doc :-)

  4. TerryAugust 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Just hope it doesn’t catch on the mirror of a too-close passing truck.

    Then you will really fly.

  5. Give cyclist a Safety WingAugust 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

    [...] conceptual work as mentioned by UrbanVelo. Cyclist safety is one of the main concern that stop potential cyclist to choose bicycle as a mode [...]

  6. Dyt RollaAugust 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Why are they so big on safety and none of their models or drawings have helmets on them? Did that bump anybody else?

  7. B-bikerAugust 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    It should be self-destroy if it catches, or catched by, anything.

  8. Joe PeraltaAugust 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Isn’t “totobobo” Spanish for “utter clown”? Do I really need to “earn right of way” by cleaning motorheads’ pollution? Have I been breathing too much salt air to handle UV??

  9. PDXbikerAugust 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    C’mon now, this is a joke, right??

  10. MarconAugust 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    ridiculous! love it!

  11. taiwoonAugust 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    riding can be a nice and fun thing. no neccessary racing to reach some where in record time. if i like tat i would be racing in tour de france. I love this idea… it can be just like streamers fluttering in the sky… so that air conditioned car drivers will definetly notice us. Rock on Francis!!!

  12. totoboboAugust 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Last Sunday we did a test ride with a simple prototype of the “Cyclist safety wing”:
    http://vimeo.com/14376637

  13. Safety Wing ExistsAugust 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    The “Safety Wing” already exists and is an ingenious invention.
    Distributed by Cantitoe Road in Fort Collins, http://www.cantitoeroad.com, The Safety Wing is a folding arm with red and white reflectors that extends 12″ from the bike, and can effectly give you at least 18″ of extra riding room. Check it out, this thing is the real deal.

  14. B-bikerAugust 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    How does visibility affect road traffic collisions?
    In highly-motorized countries, inadequate visibility plays an important role in three types of crash:
    — at night, vehicles that run into the rear or sides of slowly moving or stationary vehicles;
    — during the day, angled or head-on collisions;
    — at all times, rear-end collisions that occur in poor weather conditions.
    In low-income and middle-income countries, the poor visibility of pedestrians and vehicles is a serious problem.

    download the WHO document:
    http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/visibility_en.pdf

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