Podbikes visibility in traffic

Podbikes visibility in traffic

From time to time we receive questions regarding the visibility of Podbike on the road.

Read on to learn more about visibility.

Almost ten years ago, Per had a bad accident while riding his bike. His knee was crushed and he almost broke his neck.

After the accident, he became afraid of riding his two-wheeler.

The number one reason for the founder Per to develop Podbike was the lack of safety and visibility on a regular bike.

See the full story behind Podbike in this video:

Will the cars see me?

Den lave profilen til velomobiler er ofte blitt nevnt som et viktig tema både på grunn av lav øyehøyde for syklisten og lav synlighet.

The Podbike is 1100 mm high, and you will feel like you are sitting inside a sports car with large windows. But 1100 mm is 50 mm higher than a Lamborghini Miura and 50 mm lower than a Volkswagen XL1. We agree that there are benefits of raising eye level on the vehicle. That is part reason why we will offer an option to raise the rear end of the vehicle. So the rider eye level can be raised to get better overview. But only when going slow. As the elevated vehicle’s higher centre of gravity makes the vehicle much less stable, there will be speed limit and visual warning.

See this chart to compare Podbike’s height to cars:

 

Per Hassel (Grunnlegger og Produktutvikler) sier:
"Etter syv år med bruk av en enda lavere velomobil, den nederlandske Alleweder, er argumentet om å ikke være synlig i trafikken rett og slett ikke sant, fordi: de store kroppene til velomobiler er mye mer synlige for den andre samhandlende trafikken sammenlignet med vanlige sykler. Den relativt store kroppen tvinger en Podbike-rytter til å oppføre seg mer som en bil, noe som gjør trafikkinteraksjonen mer forutsigbar. Podbiken er høyere enn Lamborghini Countach, men lavere enn Bugatti Veyron, og omtrent like enkel å oppdage i kompleks trafikk på grunn av profil, farger og lys.

 

Vil Podbike leveres med flagg?

Vi vil tilby et høyt synlig flagg på en lang stolpe som alternativ for syklistene som ønsker dette, men vi vil advare om at det kan gi falsk sikkerhet:

“I tried once to ride with a long orange rod with flag to see if that gave any benefits. But even if car drivers could see the flag behind hedges etc, exploiting my increased visibility did not make sense. So the air drag slowed me down and the flag pole was obstructing low passes. And I actually felt less secure. It seemed some drivers assumed a child on a bike at low speed when seeing the flag and not expecting a velomobile at speed.” – Per Hassel Sørensen.

 

Hvor mange lys vil en Podbike ha?

The Podbike velomobile will have lights in the front and behind in addition to the turn signals on each side. This is redundant lights, supplied from two power supplies both front and rear. In case something goes wrong, there is still light. The body will also be equipped with reflectors as required to be street legal in the country it is configured for. That includes “Z” marked reflectors for Germany.

Picture showing the front (test series 2019)

Picture showing the back (test series 2019)

 

Do you have any questions?

Find answers in Podbike FAQ.

 

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