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Volvo’s Brilliant “Life Paint” Makes Bikes Reflective for Nighttime Rides

Old 03-31-15, 01:29 PM
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Volvo’s Brilliant “Life Paint” Makes Bikes Reflective for Nighttime Rides

I thought some utility riders would be interested in this new product. We do a disproportionate amount of night riding. For some people, riding in darkness is a total deal breaker. Maybe this will help.

Volvo Life Paint: Invisible safety spray paint for your bike that glows in the dark.
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Washes right off too . maybe spray it on the dog before 'walkies'
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Washes right off too . maybe spray it on the dog before 'walkies'
You must be kidding! Washes off??
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Said to only be short term . Buy and try..
this site is full of ''You first'' Types Now it's your Turn .. go for It and report.

want longer lasting ? put the CSPC reflectors Back on, that the bike had when it was New.. or apply 3M Tape.
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The question is....how much does it cost per can?
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I would paint that on my kid's bikes and clothes - though I would be more interested in something more permanent for the bikes and backpacks - a reflective clearcoat? Brilliant!
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The question is....how much does it cost per can?
Free for now - hop a plane to the UK.

See it in the US in about 25 years once the insurance companies are satisfied that there are no possibilities of litigation. They will be wrong of course. Someone will paint their bike and die an Ninja death three weeks later because they were invisible after it washed off in the rain. Their estate will sue. The can will have only had instructions in English and Spanish.
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Originally Posted by auldgeunquers View Post
Free for now - hop a plane to the UK.

See it in the US in about 25 years once the insurance companies are satisfied that there are no possibilities of litigation. They will be wrong of course. Someone will paint their bike and die an Ninja death three weeks later because they were invisible after it washed off in the rain. Their estate will sue. The can will have only had instructions in English and Spanish.
Sadly this is a distinct possibility.
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Now there is even some political opposition to the LifePaint:
"Over at the Copenhagenize blog, the urban-design consultant Mikael Colville-Andersen derides the product, writing, “Volvo [is] doing its best to draw your attention to the fact that motorists kill obscene amounts of people—including themselves—by placing the responsibility on cyclists and pedestrians.” He adds that instead of a “rational” solution to traffic safety such as health warnings on automobiles (which he has suggested for years), LifePaint is “a smoke screen and this time it's sprayed on … It's for you on foot or on a bicycle because you are an irritation to motorists. You are a squishy bug ruining their paint job. You are a threat to their mobility dominance.”

In protest, Colville-Andersen has started a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) petition asking Volvo to flip its emphasis back to cars, which are, after all, the vehicles doing most of the damage in the first place. Citing research showing black automobiles are more likely to be involved in crashes, he calls for Volvo to offer free LifePaint to every person who owns one of their cars, and to push for legislation mandating reflective paint on cars worldwide—"For society. For safety. For the children."

--http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/03/volvo-wants-to-make-bike-commuting-safer-by-selling-you-glow-in-the-dark-paint/389204/

Here is Mikael's angry post on Copenhagenize.com:

Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Culture by Design: Car Industry Strikes Back - Volvo Paints a Grim Picture

I liked the suggestion of one commenter: cyclists should spray LifePaint on cars that pass them too closly.
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At the risk of seeming not to observe tribal loyalty to my fellow cyclists, there are lot of idiot cyclists out there riding in complete darkness, who assume drivers can see them. They really need this product.

One question would be how visible it is from behind on a fast road. The cars lights are angled down and the bike might not be lit up until the car is quite close.
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At the risk of seeming not to observe tribal loyalty to my fellow cyclists, there are lot of idiot cyclists out there riding in complete darkness, who assume drivers can see them. They really need this product.

One question would be how visible it is from behind on a fast road. The cars lights are angled down and the bike might not be lit up until the car is quite close.
Cyclists have a responsibility to use suitable street-legal lighting and reflectors. Motorists have a responsibility to watch out for those who are smaller and slower. Car makers have a responsibility to provide good safety equipment on their vehicles.
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Is there a paint like that that is permanent?
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