Electroluminescent (EL) Bicycle

University of Florida, 2000 - $16,350

This grant supports the development of a safety lighting system for bicycles that uses electroluminescent strips on the frame and wheels of the cycle to create a highly visible, easily recognizable shape. The PI is recruiting two mechanical engineering undergraduates to work intensively on the project, developing refined prototypes, filing patents and preparing the product for commercialization.

The team has recruited the CEO of the company making the EL panels and components as a mentor. He is enthusiastic about the project, and close collaboration is planned. Prior to submitting a grant proposal to NCIIA, substantial background work established the technical feasibility of the project, determining costs and market opportunities. The product works as well as or better than existing technologies.