The streets of San Francisco are filled with bikes as urban cycling, a hip, healthy and sustainable commuting option, grows in popularity—and poses inevitable risks. According to Transportation Nation online magazine, San Francisco bike crashes have increased by 8 percent in the past two years, outpacing the 3 percent growth in ridership. Two San Francisco businesses have teamed up to combine fashion and safety for the urban rider. The HALO ZERO LED messenger bag, created by HALO Belt Company and Rickshaw Bagworks, is a practical over-the-shoulder bag with an attachable patented LED thermoplastic polyurethane fiber optic strip that provides solid, strobe or flash lighting.
The HALO ZERO LED messenger bag is handmade in San Francisco. Measuring 11 by 18 by 6 inches, it holds a 13-15 inch laptop, has a quick-adjust shoulder strap, two front pockets, D-ring, accessory system and Velcro™ closure. The fiber optic strip “halo” (in red, green, blue or yellow) is powered by two standard CR2025 batteries and attaches to the bag with Velcro. Rugged urban bicycle commuters will appreciate the durable, machine-washable fabric and elegant design; conventional automobile commuters will appreciate being able to see bicyclists and avoid close encounters of the crash kind.