Koinobori windsock on our bike trailer

Bicycle flag poles: Effective for increasing visibility on the road

Bike Flag Light Pole, made in Oakland
Bike Flag Light Pole, made in Oakland

A bike flag pole is a good visibility tool to improve road safety

As a parent of a child who rides a bike, or a bicycle commuter yourself, you know how important it is to make sure that your child or yourself are visible on the road. With the increasing number of cars on the road, it's crucial that bicyclists take extra precautions to stay safe while riding. One way to do this is by attaching a bicycle flag pole to your bike.

A bicycle flag pole is a simple yet effective tool that can help increase your visibility on the road. It attaches to the back of your bike and holds a brightly colored flag that can be seen by drivers from a distance. These flags come in various shapes and sizes, from the traditional triangular shape to a more modern teardrop shape, and can have different messages or reflective material to make them more visible. We even attached a koinobori windsock onto one of our flags so that it can flutter in the wind.


Koinobori windsock on our bike trailer, at the end of the bicycle flag pole
Koinobori windsock on our bike trailer, at the end of the bicycle flag pole


When considering purchasing a bicycle flag pole, make sure that the flag pole is made of durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of regular use.

Even better: Bike Flag Lights

Bike light on a children's bike

Another great option that can further increase visibility is to purchase a bike flag light. I built the Bike Beam specifically to help keep my kid visible when riding in the dark or in lower light.  This flag is equipped with LED lights that can flash in different colors and make you even more visible on the road. The lights can also be set in different modes, such as steady light or flashing. They are waterproof for riding in the rain.

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