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General Category => On The Road => Topic started by: drossall on October 30, 2018, 11:43:49 pm

Title: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: drossall on October 30, 2018, 11:43:49 pm
Had to share this. Comes from a friend of a colleague, but I have no interest other than that it made me smile when I saw it.

We get a lot of "safety" products on here that are based on dubious thinking. This crowd-funding project for gloves (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/711642209/glove-for-happier-safer-cycling) looks great though.

For the record, and in case the link gets taken down in due course, it's a pair of gloves that, when you wave your thanks to a driver, shows a smiley on the palm as well :)
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: yoav on October 31, 2018, 07:10:42 am
Hmmm. What’s the emoticon for ‘you drive like an idiot”?
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: drossall on October 31, 2018, 08:05:02 am
That's not what it's for. You're free to design an alternative :)
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: De Sisti on October 31, 2018, 08:54:08 am
The intended gesture can be achieved without the financial outlay. ::-)
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: Ben T on October 31, 2018, 08:57:34 am
I think if they'd designed an attachment that if someone gets too close, it automatically flicks them the bird - that would have sold more.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: ElyDave on October 31, 2018, 11:34:58 am
I don't think these would have helped me yesterday.
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: hellymedic on October 31, 2018, 11:57:21 am
Needs a very quick, responsive switch to invert the mouth to swap a smile to a scowl...
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: fboab on October 31, 2018, 12:57:47 pm
It's a defusion tactic. I think they're nice. And there's a lot to be said for being nice.
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: Kim on October 31, 2018, 01:05:10 pm
I don't think it's going to do anything much for safety (other than by being a glove with a decent amount of reflective on it to make indications visible at night), but it might make someone smile, and that's a good enough reason for them to exist.
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: De Sisti on October 31, 2018, 02:50:43 pm
Motorist may be driving too quickly in the opposite direction to notice what it actually is.
Does the smiley come on differing styles of gloves? Seems to me that one is being made
to expect conflict on all rides if the gloves are worn. ::-)
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2018, 02:56:13 pm
I think the "educe aggression & conflict on our roads" is a distraction. It's just a glove with a smiley face, as popularised by Forrest Gump, acid house, and other smiley things, which might help "making journeys more enjoyable for everyone" if they like smiley faces. For those who don't, it won't. It's like having a miniature Christmas tree on your bike, except not so seasonal.

Biggest question is whether it's decent as a glove.
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: Ham on October 31, 2018, 03:04:55 pm

Biggest question is whether it's decent as a glove.

Which for £30, it needs to be.

(FWIW, and from what I've seen on their pages, IMO it looks it)
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: mllePB on November 11, 2018, 10:55:01 am
I came across this the other week and signed up just because I liked their video so much that it's worth a £30 punt. Hand gestures by cyclists are easy misinterpreted, so worth a try at being positive for drivers who notice and no worse for the 'don't see' brigade.
Title: Re: New product to promote "safer, happier cycling"
Post by: mllePB on November 15, 2018, 08:50:21 pm
Announced today that it's funded with 741 backers  :thumbsup: