Nobody wants to get into an accident, especially if you don't have two tons of car wrapped around you, so it is important that cyclists do whatever they can to be seen in the dark. Many cyclists use flashing LED lights attached to their clothing or helmet, which is great, but all too often the lights seem to faintly flicker as the batteries die. What we really need is a bike that remains highly visible even if the rider isn't thinking about how well they can be seen.
This glow-in-the-dark bicycle seem like an obvious solution. Created by the Mission Bicycle Company in San Francisco, the Lumen Retro-Reflective City Bike isn't technically glow-in-the-dark, but the entire frame, fork and wheel rims are painted a retro reflective paint that directs light back towards its source. This is similar to a reflective safety tape like Scotchlite, only here it's actually an integral part of the paint covering the bike.
Mission Bicycle Company is launching the Lumen as a Kickstarter project, and has plans to build three versions of the bike. One is a single speed with bullhorn handlebars for all of you hipsters, while the other two feature an eight-speed transmission, and varying levels of components. None are cheap at between $1,245 and $2,500, although you can just get the reflective frame if you're handy and want to build your own.
This seems like a no-brainer and if I was in charge every bike would be reflective, at least until they make glow-in-the-dark bike paths everywhere. My main problem with this bike is that its steep price is going to keep it out of the hands of many people.
Check out the gallery to see the Lumen bike in its various guises. You still have 27 days to buy into the Kickstarter project.