Illinois is fifth in the nation for bicyclist deaths...
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The WatchIt aims to lower the numbers on that map by making cyclists more aware of their speed and surroundings. The average biker goes about 10mph, but there are obviously exceptions to this statistic. The WatchIt notifies the user every time their speed increases to an increment of 3. If they go over 15, the user will be notified to slow down.
More than 100 adults are killed in cycling accidents every year, although it is a small number of fatalities, there are approximately 20,000 people that are seriously or slightly injured. Many of these accidents could be avoided if cyclists were more careful and aware of their surroundings.
We created WatchIt to help bikers monitor the speed they are travelling at. Our goal is to lower the numbers on the map above by making cyclists more aware of their speed and surroundings. It is important for bikers to travel at a slower speed, taking in consideration the fact that they are travelling with limited amount of protection. Using WatchIt, bikers are more prone to go at a speed that allows them to be more cautious of their surroundings. Bikers that go at a slower speed will help reduce the number of possible collisions that lead to severe injuries or even death.
Programming the motion sensor to work like a speedometer.