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About this project

Hi Folks. Barlight Limited is a small, independent company created by a group of designers, innovators and cycling enthusiasts who are determined to do something about the appalling number of accidents involving cyclists both here in the UK and the rest of the world.

We have applied our 80 years of accumulated design knowledge to produce a simple, but very effective, product that will change the odds back in favour of the cyclist and make cycling safer.  Say hello to the Barlight lighting platform for bicycles - the lighting system bikes should have always had!

Barlight is a lighting platform that fits in to each end of a bicycle’s handlebars, allowing the cyclist to place lights at the extremities of the bicycle.  By making the bike’s full width clearly visible to other vehicles, Barlight creates an enhanced safety zone around the rider and ensures that other road-users pass the rider in a safer fashion. Barlight’s ability to support both front and rear-facing lights also means that the cyclist can be seen and safely passed by vehicles on either side of the road.

Each Barlight platform consists of a main body that supports two standard, wrap-around, silicone lights - one forward-facing and one rearward-facing - and a push-in plug end that fits most straight handlebar diameters. A new Barlight design is in development for 'drop' handlebars. Manufactured from high tensile polymer, Barlight platforms are virtually unbreakable, 100% waterproof and are quick and easy to fit.  After use, they can be easily removed for safety.  

Up to now, the Barlight founders have used their own funds to develop a working prototype, but the coffers are now empty and we need additional funding to make this project a reality. This is where Kickstarter comes in. 

With your help, we can raise the £15,000 required to pay for tooling and production of the first batch of Barlights and get that much closer to saving cyclists lives.  (We expect to receive the first batch of Barlights three months after placing our order.)  In return for your donation, each donor will receive one of our Barlight reward packages.  Please use your Barlights as much as possible and give us your feedback so we can 'roadtest' our product and make any necessary changes.  We expect to receive the first batch of Barlights three months after placing our order.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to our story and for adding your support to our journey to make cycling safer.

Risks and challenges

From the start, we have deliberately kept Barlight as simple as possible to minimise any technical problems and enable a robust design which is waterproof and able to stand impact damage. We have also focused on what we do best - design. For example, Barlight does not have built-in lights. Instead, users have the option of buying their Barlight complete with high-quality, third-party lights or simply use their own.

For us, the biggest challenge will be to make enough people aware of Barlight and the huge benefits it can bring to cycling safety. That is why we have chosen Kickstarter to springboard our project and help us achieve critical mass, after which the product should develop its own momentum.

Another challenge we could potentially face is having Barlight copied by a competitor. With this in mind, we have filed a series of registered designs and have patents pending as a deterrent to imitators.

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