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Pew pew! Boris Bikes are getting swanky new laser lights

Written by
Isabelle Aron

Back in February, London's signature blue Boris Bikes got a red makeover as they became Santander Cycles, but now they're getting another new look that's way more exciting than a lick of paint. One word: lasers. Okay, so they're not the super high-tech lasers that can cut through metal, but that's probably a good thing given this is all in the name of safety.

Transport for London will be kitting out 250 Boris Bikes with new laser lights, which project a bicycle logo that appears on the ground, six metres in front of the cyclist. The swanky new kit is part of an attempt to increase cyclists' visibility in drivers' blind spots, and have been designed by Emily Brooke, founder of Bethnal Green start-up Blaze. If the new lights prove to be a success, Transport For London plans to roll them out across all 11,500 Boris Bikes in the capital. Fingers crossed it gets the green (laser) light.

On yer bike? Try this foodie cycle from Bermondsey to Angel.

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