Signal Jacket for Cyclists Gets Instructable: Your Arms Will be Happy

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Back in March we showed Leah Buechley's neat signaling jacket for cyclists, the one that has LED turn-indicators on the back. Not much info was available on it at the time, save for the fact it used an Arduino Lilypad controller. But now Leah's posted a detailed Instructable for the jacket, including handy things like a shopping list for materials and tools, so you could easily make your own. One thing we didn't know: there's a single LED on each cuff, confirming your turn signs are showing on the back. Good idea that—saving you from veering into the path of a juggernaut that didn't know what you were up to. [Instructables via Talk2myshirt]

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Illustration for article titled Signal Jacket for Cyclists Gets Instructable: Your Arms Will be Happy
Illustration for article titled Signal Jacket for Cyclists Gets Instructable: Your Arms Will be Happy
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Doesn't work if the cyclist is wearing a backpack with supplies_

It's a good idea tho_ They just need to refine it more_ The shape need to be a more prominant Arrow Shape_

The color of the jacket need to be bright colors_ One of the stupidest fucking things any cyclist with a brain will tell you is riding at night with dark/ black clothing on_ Unless you're heading to the ghetto for a drug deal or a hooker - you WANT the cars to see you_

Also probably having the LED displays up at the shoulders on the outer edge so they are just before the curve of the shoulders might be better_ This would space them out farther and with an arrow shape would be more distinct_

I bike on occasion - but to me that would seem more of an annoyance as a driver than "oh yeah there's a cyclist wearing a black jacket at night with some annoying flashing crap happening"_