After an on-street trial in Autumn/Winter 2015 and testing by the Transport Research Laboratory, the integrated Laserlight was approved for use on Santander Cycles. In Autumn 2016, we began the process of installing Integrated Laserlights across all of London's 11,000-strong bike hire fleet.
The Integrated Laserlight is distinct to our consumer lights, a separate product designed to fit to the bikeshare frame.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, this short list of FAQs will hopefully assist. For anything not covered here, please get in touch.
Public or 'taxpayer' money was not spent on kitting out the bikeshare scheme with Integrated Laserlights - this was paid for in full by the scheme's sponsor, Santander. Laserlights on Santander Cycles will not compromise the funds devoted to improving London's safety and environment for the purposes of cycling.
In our Laserlight FAQs, we explore some of the reasons why we're using a green laser and a single bicycle image.
The Laserlight concept is a relatively new one, so questions will undoubtedly be raised about the legality of the projection on London's streets. The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulation 1989 had the last amendment in 2009, which should be read in the context of Santander Cycles having existing fitted LED lights at the front and rear of the bike, plus all appropriate reflective parts.
Part 2, Regulation 11 refers to the colour of lighting. Clause 1 states the front lighting requirements, saying that "No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing a red light to the front". There are some exceptions listed which are not relevant to bicycles or the Laserlight. So only a red light is prohibited to the front.
Clause 2 covers the rear lighting requirements, with "No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing any light to the rear other than a red light". The exceptions list is longer here, and mentions green lighting ("Green light from a warning beacon fitted to a vehicle used by a medical practitioner registered by the General Medical Council". This serves to restrict the use of a green light to the rear only.