Riding your bike in Toronto may offer a number of health and environmental benefits, but it can also be a hazardous activity. Whether a street is equipped with or without bike lanes, cyclists can and have been injured (or worse) from failing to see or be signaled by oncoming traffic.
Luckily, Garmin has a number of new smart gadgets that can help cyclists have a safer ride and hopefully prevent any accidents from occurring. The Varia rearview bike radar warns cyclists of cars approaching from behind. This radar taillight can detect cars approaching a bikers area from up to 150 yards away, and flashes more brightly and intensely as the car approaches to help make a safer riding experience for both the bike rider and the driver of the car. If you pair this radar with the Garmin Edge cycling computer, it can also detect when up to 8 cars are approaching. This information is shown on an LED display screen that changes colour as the risk or threat increases.
Garmin also has a Varia smart bike light series to make your ride even safer. The Varia bike headlights can, based on GPS data from the Edge computer, project a light beam further or closer depending on the your cycling speed. This smart headlight can shine 100 lux at 10 meters, but also has a high beam cutoff so you don’t blind oncoming traffic. There’s also a Varia tail light that flashes when you decrease in speed to warn oncoming traffic, and if you add a second one, can be used for turn signals via a Varia remote or the Edge compatible computer. The Edge and the Varia remote can also control the pattern and intensity of the lights, and also allows you to turn them on and off at will.
You can purchase the Varia radar taillight for £159.99 ($314.70 CAD) or bundle it with the Varia radar display unit for £239.99 ($472.06 CAD).
The Varia smart bike lights can be bought as a bundle for £239.99 ($472.06 CAD). The headlight can be purchases individually for £159.99 ($314.70 CAD) and the tail light can be purchased on its own for £59.99 ($118.00 CAD). All of the Varia cycling devices will ship out in Q3.
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