Danno from Canada submitted a great hack that repurposes his tax dollars. Take it away Danno!
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I found a busted up road pylon on the sidewalk (the big black and orange ones) and I was walking early in the morning and noticed the 4" wide orange stripes on the cones were actually very reflective in the dark. I got to thinking this might be useful on my bike which I just finished hacking a sturdy old milk crate onto.
I took the busted pylon home and was pleased to find the orange reflective material peeled off fairly easily and was still very sticky once it was removed.
I carefully placed the strips on pieces of coroplast (plastic corrugated plastic) which I also got for free (an old advertisement sign). Then I cut three pieces to fit onto the milk crate surface. By placing two-sided tape on both the crate surface and the back of the reflective panels I created a milk crate that you cannot fail to see in the dark.
With some self-adhesive lettering I got for a couple of dollars I added this . . .
My bike in all its glory.
And finally, the last picture is just to show you my bike has a big, black and beautiful handlebar mustache. These bike mustaches are available at the following site for only $5 from Etsy.