Entrepreneur Marvin Tyson’s Bright Idea

Here’s a new bright idea coming out of Prospect Heights. Inventor Marvin Tyson wants to keep Brooklyn’s bikers safe and he’s working to do so with his inventions. He has patented the “Bicycle Safety Helmet” which includes rectangular lights on both the front and back of the helmet that require only a small battery, rechargeable from the sun.

The lights blink when they are pushed twice, to signal to cars and others that someone is biking at night. Together with partner Mary Sanders, Tyson spent over a year perfecting his product. He was inspired to do so after witnessing a crash that involved a bus driver and a cyclist.

The helmet that Tyson will market also includes a reflective chin strap and he hopes to have the product in stores by Christmas. As he explained, “It not a fly-by-night idea. It works!”


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