If you ride a bicycle with any regularity, safety is obviously of the utmost concern. Although wearing a helmet is a great first step, knowing the rules of the road, and perhaps more importantly, how motorists interpret them with respect to bicycles, can help you keep from having to put your safety gear to use.
Of course, predicting how drivers will interpret your presence on the road depends on them actually seeing you. At night, a light can help with this, and during the day, especially if you ride a recumbent bicycle, making yourself a little taller with a flag is a great idea. So, this begs the question, why not combine the two?
You could make your own, possibly with some variation on the “Throwie” concept. In fact, here’s one that only runs at night, saving your battery for when you really need it. On the other hand, the “Pixel Pole” is actually designed for this use.
As seen in the video below, this 30 LED RGB strip shines brilliantly, and will absolutely get you noticed. It’s powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, and uses an Arduino processor for control. So you could actually reprogram it if you’re not happy with the available patterns!