The device that takes the risk out of cycling alone (video)

Kickstarter project Ridersmate automatically sends a text to your loved ones if you fall off your bike showing your location

Cycling alone can have many benefits, but one of the big disadvantages is that there is nobody to help if you fall off your bike.

Entrepreneur David Coleman is seeking funding on Kickstarter for his Ridersmate GPS device, which can automatically send a text message to a loved one if you hit the tarmac.

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Attaching one of the device’s clips to your bike and the other to your clothing, an alarm is triggered when the jack plug is detached, which will happen the instant you fall.

Once triggered, the device will text people of your choice to inform them of a ‘rider down’, with a Google Maps link to your location allowing them to inform the emergency services of your exact location.

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Of course, not every fall requires you to seek medical attention, so to avoid a fleet of ambulances arriving to the seen of your tumble at the traffic lights you can plug the jack plug back in to initiate another text to tell everyone you’re fine.

Coleman is looking to raise £19,900 on Kickstarter by February 8, with a pledge of £199 seeing you receive a Ridersmate (RRP £249).

Visit the product’s Kickstarter page for more information.