Pedalites – pedals to be seen with

June 4th, 2006

Pedalite - flashing pedals

Pedalite Limited was created in December 1998 in response to a challenge to improve one aspect of road safety, the motorist’s inability to see cyclists at night or in poor weather conditions.

The response to the challenge was to provide a complementary lighting system that would operate even when traditional lights had failed or dimmed.

Now, after more than 6 years of research and development, cycling safety has taken a leap forward with the launch in March 2005 of a UK product, the Pedalite KPL100, the world’s first kinetic pedal light.

Pedalite is a pedal lighting system that uses energy storage technology to remain illuminated long after the cyclist stops pedalling.

It was a dark and stormy night early in 1998 when Chris Stimpson drove to the Wych Elm pub in Kingston-upon-Thames to meet with 3 friends as usual on a Wednesday evening. Rounding a corner he was dimly aware of a figure on a bicycle emerging from the gloom and crossing his path with inches to spare. As a result of this experience Chris gave a challenge to one of his friends, Richard Hicks, an engineer and already an inventor with a number of patents to his name. The challenge was to find a way of providing cyclists with a lighting system that was automatic, integrated within the bicycle and preferably battery-free for today’s environmentally-conscious world. In other words, if you got on your bike, you had lights, they were on all the time and you couldn’t turn them off (fit and forget).

Pedalite is the first integral lighting system for bicycles. Pedalite requires no batteries as the cyclist is the source of energy. Even when the cyclist is stationary or free-wheeling, Pedalite’s unique energy storage system ensures that the high-efficiency LEDs remain flashing for up to 12 minutes. These LEDs provide a 360 degree warning signal to the motorist.

Unlike any other lighting system on the market today, Pedalites, once fitted to a bicycle, are activated and energy is stored automatically by the action of pedalling.

It is very difficult to identify a cyclist at night in today’s traffic conditions. Pedalite provides a Unique Light Signature created by the movement of the pedals. The signature is easily identifiable to the motorist and uniquely provides information about the cyclist’s distance, direction and relative position.

Pedalite provides pulses of white light to the front, red to the rear and amber to the side.

The Pedalite principle is to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy from the movement of the pedal spindle. The spindle drives a micro-generator (dynamo) in each pedal producing enough energy to illuminate the coloured LED’s in each pedal. The energy storage technology eliminates entirely the need for any form of battery.

Pedalite is a British invention, designed, developed and manufactured in the UK. Pedalite exploits leading-edge energy storage technology and the use of lightweight composite materials. The materials have been selected and tested to withstand harsh use in extreme conditions.

The official launch was at the UK Bike Show on April 1st/2nd/3rd 2005 at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Entry Filed under: Bicycle Lighting


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