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This Bluetooth 'bicycle bell' sends an email to the mayor of London about dangerous roads

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Isabelle Aron
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Cycling in London can be pretty scary at times, but a new Bluetooth 'bicycle bell' could help make the roads a little safer for those on two wheels. 

Hövding, a Swedish company that makes airbags for cyclists, has created a bike handlebar button that will help cyclists log incidents on dangerous junctions and roads as they happen. The button then sends information via Bluetooth to a new app called Flic, which gathers the real-time data on a map. But that's not all. Every time someone logs an incident, the Bluetooth-enabled button will automatically send an email to the Mayor of London. 

Hövding has distributed 500 of these buttons to members of the London Cycling Campaign, in the hope that it will put pressure on Sadiq Khan to follow through with this manifesto pledge to 'make London a byword for cycling'. More than 200 clicks were made yesterday, so it looks like Sadiq's inbox is about to get pretty clogged up.

Find out more about the campaign

Don't fancy cycling on the roads? You'll soon you'll be able to do a spin class on a bus.

Or take a look at photos from the World Naked Bike Ride in London.

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