Tzvi Teicher a safety advocate in Monsey NY realized the importance of being visible at night. He decided to make a difference and has created a website FreeReflector.com for anyone that would like to get a free reflector or sponsor reflectors.
Their front page slogan says it all "Because wearing a reflector beats the alternative" For a Free reflector or to donate to this wonderful cause go to www.FreeReflector.com . To get a free reflective armband all you have to do is fill in a quick
form and make a commitment to wear it. Sponsorships start at $100.
(FreeReflector.com can also have reflectors made with your logo or
message for a minimum sponsorship)
When we started our reflective belt campaign in 2002 in Lakewood (NJ), the first challenge was for the concept of wearing reflective belts (when out at night) to be accepted as normal by adults and children . Some didn't even know then what a reflective belt was. If you ask around now, everyone understands that being visible is the right thing to do that may save their life.
Although many people have visibility wear in their front closet, in a drawer somewhere or in their glove compartment the challenge that always remains is remembering or taking the time to put on a reflector. A solution for this is using regular day to day items and apparel that are visible on their own
There are many jackets, backpacks, shoes, and bicycle accessories out there that now have included reflective stripes and lights in their design. Innovation in this area is ongoing.
We have designed durable and comfortable reflective shoulder straps (in a variety of colors). Reflective straps can be used as a replacement for carrying your briefcase, laptop, binder, messenger or hand bag. It is also easily detachable and can be worn as a reflective sash on its own. We are working on bringing in more everyday fashionable reflective apparel that you will love for this coming fall and winter when the nights get longer (we will keep you posted). Good luck with the back to school rush and don't forget to be safe and seen!
Wow! how the summer fly's by. With school around the corner our
challenges in keeping children safe switch gear. While in the summer we
had to worry about things like pool, camp, and beach safety now we are
onto school, bus, routes to and from school safety and the like. For one
thing, each day it is slowly starting to get dark earlier and we've got
to make sure our kids are seen if they are now coming back home from
friends or after school activities at dusk or in the dark.
It can be hard to try and get children to put on reflective gear like vests and belts. When doing your school or fall shopping try to buy them backpacks already designed with reflective material and look for shoes and jackets that come with silver reflective piping or stripes on them. Bright Ideas innovative reflective shoulder straps are great to clip on
to a messenger bag, zipper binder or laptop case. (The reflective strap
can also be worn separately as a sash.) Or try some easy on and off night visibility gear like reflective collars, or clip on blinking lights.
Kids may be more likely to go for it if it is cool or stylish. You may even want to get different color reflective tape and let them go ahead and decorate their backpacks. Print out some hot shapes for them to trace and make a fun activity out of it. Let us know your ideas or email us a picture (info@DontGetHit.com) that we can post on our blog.
Bicycles are a great way to get around. It is healthier, more economical and safer to ride a bike then to drive a car.
Bikes are better for the environment and for the rider. Instead of burning oil and polluting the air, why not burn calories. And don't forget, you also save yourself from breaking the bank with today's ever rising gasoline prices.
At high traffic times it may even be faster to ride a bicycle. It is also a lot safer than driving. According to the National Safety Councilthe life time risk of a car fatality is 1 in 84 and of a bike fatality 1 in 4,919. Of course obeying bike safety laws and being visible with reflective vests and bike lights will keep you even safer.
Bikes are also great for door to door business like delivering magazines or flyers. You don't have to bother parking and getting out of and back in your car. The other day I actually saw someone riding with a lawn mower attached to the back of his bike. Multi functional lights that can be easily put on you, your bike or even your lawn mower can keep you safely seen at all times.
When out at night, one may argue that they don't need to wear reflective gear
if they are careful to stay out of harm’s
way. However in this day and age it is
extremely difficult to do this. In addition to distracted drivers, pedestrians
are easily distracted as well.
In the past, the average person used to
carry only a wallet or purse, now it is hard to find someone walking without
some small electronic distraction on them.
It is now more important than ever before to make sure to be an alert driver
and a visible pedestrian.
Gone are the days of noisy boom boxes (at least drivers hear them!) and
walkmans with big headphones. Now with MP3's, blue tooths, smart phones etc.
people are in their own world like never before. When cell phones started to be
used on the street, my father did not like the way people would walk right past
you talking on their cellphones. His comment then was "soon they will come out
with a small ear and "tooth" attachment and you won't even realize they are
talking on the phone. People will walk around looking like they are talking to
themselves." How true!
Unfortunately according to a recent article from the Associated Press "Reports of injuries to distracted walkers
treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven
years and are almost certainly under-reported."
The fact is that our lives are busy and
although we ultimately should try not to get distracted when walking, jogging,
(or driving), we must make sure we are visible with reflectors and lights.