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A close call

In 2016, Murray and Alan were travelling over the Desert Road at night. It was raining but visibility was good and we could see a dim red light in front of us. Suddenly, with no indicating, brake lights or warning, the car braked and pulled into a parking area. If we’d been travelling any closer, things could have gone badly wrong for us and the family in front.

Being good Kiwis, we pulled over and went back to let them know their rear lights weren’t working. In fact, they were diving a new model SUV but the bikes they were carrying had completely blocked their rear lights, indicators and number plate, leaving only one rear light visible.

The family hadn’t realised the danger they were in and couldn’t fix the problem. So, we offerd to follow behind them as a rear guard until our turn off from SH1. We left them with our fingers crossed and hoped they got home safely to Wellington.

We are Murray Butcher, an engineer/designer and DrAlan McGee, a retired university researcher. Following that near-accident, we decided to do something to improve safety for cyclists who carry bikes at the back of cars and came up with the Safelite.

Designed and Made in New Zealand

SAFELITE meets all NZTA requirements and is considered to be “… a good contribution to road safety.” It’s lightweight, yet strong, slots on to any bike rack, is easy to hook on and take off, plugs into any standard trailer connector and comes with a two-year warranty.


Be seen, be safe and be legal when carrying bikes

Made in New Zealand to keep New Zealanders safe