10-Year-Old Boy Invents Bike Bleeper to Alert Drivers as They Approach Cyclists

Tybelt Melia, already a serial inventor at just 10 years old, is competing in a BBC Television competition called My Genius Idea with his latest gadget, the Bike Bleeper.

Video of the episode is here if you’re in the UK (it won’t play here in the U.S., so we presume you’ve got to be within the UK’s broadcast area to see it online, too).

The Bike Bleeper sends a signal that causes a car’s radio to emit an sound, thus alerting drivers that they’re approaching a cyclist. Melia said he came up with the idea after a friend of his was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike.  Unlike past attempts that required the motorists to buy or install something, this device fits on the bike and requires no effort by the driver to use.

More details and an interview with Melia can be found here. Via BikeBiz.

Comments

Rae Merrill - 11/28/10 - 5:45pm

tremendous idea. as a cyclist myself I would buy one to help support the product. it should be built into vehicles so the young man should consider selling the idea to car makers.

Byron - 11/28/10 - 6:25pm

Fantastic idea. It might even train drivers to avoid cyclists to stop the irritaing “beep beep beep” from their radios whenever they approach us. Safety through irritation, what a concept!

Brandon - 11/29/10 - 1:32pm

One problem. Drivers will be looking at their stereo in confusion instead of paying attention to the road and the cyclists this is supposed to protect.

topmounter - 11/29/10 - 3:37pm

Now he just needs to figure out how to make it work with cell phones and MP3 players and he’ll cover the other 90% of drivers.

Barbara - 11/29/10 - 10:03pm

He should invent a device that disarms cell phones when cars are in any gear but park as well!

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