For­ward-look­ing idea to pro­tect cy­clists

The Advocate (Perth) - - PERTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL - Sarah Brookes

A CY­CLIST who was the vic­tim of a road rage in­ci­dent in 2012 has used his dan­ger­ous en­counter to de­velop an award­win­ning dash­cam en­gi­neered to pro­tect cy­clists.

Cy­cliq chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kings­ley Fiegert said crowd­fund­ing was used to de­velop the world’s first rear-fac­ing bi­cy­cle cam­era and light com­bi­na­tion, the Fly6.

“I was out rid­ing late one af­ter­noon in the Perth Hills when with­out warn­ing and from be­hind I was hit with an ob­ject fired from a sling­shot out of a pass­ing car,” he said.

“It nearly knocked me off my bike be­cause I didn’t see it com­ing.

“I thought about what had hap­pened for the next week and the idea of de­vel­op­ing a rear-fac­ing bike cam­era seemed an ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion.”

Mr Fiegert got to work with friend An­drew Ha­gen on de­vel­op­ing the Fly6.

“The pow­er­ful lights pro­vide safety and vis­i­bil­ity for cy­clists and the dash­cam is es­sen­tially an in­ter­net cap­ture de­vice, sim­i­lar to an air­craft’s black box,” he said.

“It doubles up as a GoPro so cy­clists can film the plea­sur- able side of things but also gives them peace of mind.

“In the event of an in­ci­dent, the cam­eras act as dash­cams, record­ing all that hap­pens for later re­view.”

Mr Fiegert said the com­pany had sold 60,000 units in 50 coun­tries and was now an Aus­tralian Stock Ex­change listed en­tity.

“Six years ago I saw an op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“Cy­cling was ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and it was ev­i­dent that the angsty in­ter­ac­tions between cy­clists and mo­torists would in­crease. Ev­ery­body is in a hurry on the roads.

“The ben­e­fit of this de­vice is that it en­cour­ages tolerance and co-op­er­a­tion be­cause if mo­torists know there is a cam­era in the equa­tion they are more likely to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions.”

The ICy­cliq Group won gold at the 60th An­nual Good De­sign Awards in Sydney on May 17 in the cat­e­gories of con­sumer elec­tron­ics and prod­uct de­sign.

Its de­vice was ex­hib­ited at Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest fes­ti­val of light, mu­sic and ideas, over the week­end.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483149

Kings­ley Fiegert hold­ing up his rear dash­cam for bi­cy­cles.

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