Inventor's 'YouTurn' Glove Could Keep Cyclists Safe

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With high gas prices and a push to go green, bicycling is gaining in popularity for many commuters.

However, with more cyclists on the road, the safety of bikers around automobiles has come into question.

One Oregon man may have come up with a way to help drivers and cyclists better share the road.

"That day I was coming home and there was a bicyclist in front of me and I saw them moving their hand for the left- turn signal and a light bulb went off. It basically turns their hand into a turn signal," said inventor Jack O'Neal.

O'Neal calls the device the "YouTurn." It's a glove worn by the cyclist on which an arrow lights up showing which way the biker intends to turn.

It's just a prototype, but so far the reaction from cyclists has been positive.

"Yeah, I think it could help. I mean anything that increases visibility is going to help cyclists," said cyclist Jim Carlton.

Another cyclist, Jay Eckhardt recommended the new device.

"Good for commuters because I'm riding at night half the time myself getting home, so I'd certainly use it," he said.

"The more illumination you get, the better it's going to be for people to see you. You can see them, but they don't always see you," explained cyclist Dan Mueller.

O'Neal has placed the YouTurn on Kickstarter.com, a Internet-based funding platform with the goal of raising $50,000 towards development.

Users can pledge money towards development.

If the funding goal is reached he will be able to crank out a first batch.

O'Neal says he doesn't know what a sale price would be yet, but that the YouTurn would cost less than $50.

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