The white “ghost bike” at Hunt­ington Avenue and Forsyth Street haunted Amir Far­ja­dian and Qingchao Kong each time they rode past it on their way to North­eastern University.

It had been left there in June 2012 in memory of Kelsey Ren­nebohm, a Boston Col­lege grad­uate stu­dent and fellow bicy­clist who died after a col­li­sion with a bus. And although the two engi­neering stu­dents didn’t know Ren­nebohm, the ghost bike was enough to make them rethink their focus on sta­tionary bicy­cles at Northeastern’s Bio­med­ical Mecha­tronics Laboratory.

We found there were many prod­ucts out there for exer­cise but almost nothing for safety, even though almost two people die every day in this country due to cycling acci­dents,” Far­ja­dian said, “and more than 130 people are injured.”

Working with a team of under­grad­uate stu­dents led by Pro­fessor Con­stan­tinos Mavroidis, the two Ph.D. can­di­dates began work last year on an accident-​​prevention system designed to turn any bicycle into a “smart bike.”

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