A private individual has developed a range of backpacks with built-in LED lighting to improve the safety of children and other vulnerable road users.
The Trailblazer website says that the “high quality backpacks with integrated, red, high intensity LED lighting are designed to be seen from a driver’s eye height from a great distance, thus alerting the driver in good time.”
Stephen Bradshaw said: “I’ve developed the products over the past couple of years with children and other road users in mind.
“I know people wear reflective vests etc but these are only good once picked up in the headlights and normal bike lights are usually quite low.
“The red flashing LEDs subconsciously catch the drivers eye, even if they are not concentrating as they should be!
“I have seen cyclists try and clip lights to backpacks, but they seem to always end up illuminating the tarmac. With the lights held rigid in the backpack they are always facing the right way and are at a driver’s eye height.
“Even if children are walking along the pavement on a darkish evening having them ‘lit’ and more visible alerts a driver to their presence.
“As someone said to me recently ‘If you need to buy a new backpack – Why wouldn’t you buy one with lights?’”
The backpacks have a range of other features including an insulated compartment for packed lunches. The range includes the Junior backpack (£8.50), the hydration pack (£14.00) and the 20-litre recreation pack (£15.00). All prices are plus VAT.