With only 25% of long-time Burning Man participants scoring tickets in the new lottery system, this year’s festival is likely to include a lot of newbies. And one of the mistakes almost every newbie makes is not lighting up at night. June 03, 2012
Whether you think the new Burning Man ticket lottery system is a full-blown fiasco, or an unforeseen glitch that will be worked out by organizers, one thing is certain. With only 25% of the long-time participants getting tickets, this year’s festival is likely to include a lot of newbies. And one of the mistakes almost every newbie makes is not lighting up at night.
“Each year, I meet more people who are experiencing Burning Man for the first time,” says Chris Cobb, who has attended the festival more than a dozen times. “And each year, I see more people at night who are virtually invisible. I can’t help but fear for their safety.”
There are no streetlights in Black Rock City...But there’s plenty of traffic, most of it bicycles.
“If you and your bicycle are not lit up at night, you are greatly increasing the chances that you will collide with another bicyclist, or worse, with an Art Car,” says Cobb, whose Burning Man experiences led him to develop and launch BikeGlow, a 10 foot long strand of electro-luminescent wire that can be wrapped around any bicycle frame to make it glow. Powered by 2-AA batteries, it retails for $25, and is available in eight colors.
In true Burning Man spirit, Cobb “gifts” dozens of BikeGlow units every year on the playa, to fellow Burners who need to light up their bikes, or themselves. Glow sticks would do, but they only last one evening before they become trash, and they often end up littering the playa. BikeGlow, on the other hand, will glow for 50 hours continuously, or 120 hours in flash mode...It even comes with a small screwdriver for battery installation, and an attachment kit for mounting the unit on the bike.
From now until the end of August, BikeGlow is offering a special deal for Burning Man participants. For each unit sold at BikeGlow.com using the code “Fertility”, the purchaser will receive a $5 discount, and BikeGlow will donate $5 to Burners Without Borders.
BikeGlow bike safety light retails for $24.95 at http://bikeglow.com, http://www.REI.com, and at select REI and bicycle shops nationwide. The waterproof unit includes a battery pack connected to 10-foot long light strand and a kit for attaching it to any bicycle. BikeGlow is available in eight colors: aqua, blue, green, purple, red, pink, white and yellow. Powered by two AA batteries (not included), BikeGlow is good to glow for 50 hours continuously, or 120 hours flashing. Find BikeGlow online at BikeGlow.com, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BikeGlow.
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