New bicycles bought from a shop by law have to come with a bell, bells are ok on towpaths and at slow speeds. The problem with them is when you get to higher speeds. Pedestrians and car drivers won’t hear a bell in time to react or know where it’s coming from. This is where the Airzound comes into play, an air horn for bicycles, it blasts out a loud 115 decibels at full volume.
Why is this useful? In some occasions you need to make people aware that you are there and what better way to do it than to make an awful loud sound which could be mistaken for a truck horn. People certainly will take notice of you and hopefully react.
I’ve been using mine for several weeks and have found it very useful to warn drivers, cyclists and pedestrians of my presence.
See the Airzound website set up by Thomas Etherington with reviews and information on how to mount it to thicker road bar handlebars.
With major work set to start on route 7 of the London cycle superhighway in the next week or two, some doubt is coming into my mind. Although i’m confident that this will bring more people out of their cars and onto a bicycle during the summer months, which can only be a good think. I’m not so confident in the design of some of the test junctions, at present the road layout hasn’t been changed at any and only a blue strip has been painted on the ground. With the aim of the cycle superhighways is to allow cycling commuters to travel in mass from the out skirts of London and into the centre of the city. Safety should really be a priority and at some junctions it clearly hasn’t been thought out, at some points it is best for a cyclist to control the lane and cycle in the middle to attempt to prevent dangerous overtaking, nothing to accommodate or hint towards this has yet to be seen.
I shall post more videos and news on this cycle route as it progresses.