Friday, October 30, 2015

Reflective Gear Video Bakeoff Because Peds and Cyclists also Need Vision zero

Please note: if you are just looking for good reflective work gear, feel free to skip the verbiage and scroll straight to the videos below.

Also, if you want some truly awesome vocabulary about clothing construction and reflectivity, skip straight to the videos. That as much as the products is why RantWoman has piled a bunch of competitors' products here for consumption by those in RantWoman's networks who are language nerds just like RantWoman.

RantWoman admits that overweight middle-aged legally blind people who are just allergic to getting run over might not be these companies target demographic, but sometime the beauty of the internet is that it delivers these customers to the door anyway.

If you are some demographic other than the physique of the guys doing the promo, think of the images as the guys' equivalent of all those women's catalogs where clothing approximately the size of tents is modelled by twigs who probably subsist on nothing more than Evian and celery. And extra credit for anyone who looks at the motorcycle gear clothing and thins "well, I COULD think about that."

RantWoman has received the latest #VisionZero  City of Seattle Vision Zero page about safety during dark winter months. RantWoman finds the text annoyingly car-centric with glancing mention of pedestrians and even less glancing mention of cyclists. Chekc it out, excerpted:

October 28, 2015
Contact:              Norm Mah, Senior Public Relations Specialist, 206.684.8114
Traveler Safety Tips for Darker, Rainy Months
City reminds people driving, biking, and walking to practice extra safety this fall and winter; longer nights and wet weather mean extra risks for travelers
SEATTLE – Fall has arrived in the northwest bringing rainy weather and shorter days. Statistically, there are more collisions during the darker and wetter months of the year. Seattle is actively working to raise safety awareness and improve safety on our streets through Vision Zero, the citywide plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The Seattle Department of Transportation is sharing some important safety tips for everyone as they travel the streets of Seattle this fall and winter.
“Safety is all about simple steps and choices we make every day. Driving the speed limit, making sure you’re being seen, and putting your phone away are critical for everyone’s safety,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “With Halloween and the Daylight Savings coming up, we want to remind people driving, biking, and walking to use extra caution out on the roadways.”
Focus on the Road
Distracted driving incidents have more than tripled since 2011. People driving need to pay attention and put the phone away when they get in the car. That call or text can wait.
Make Smart Choices
Taking personal responsibility on our streets means not driving impaired—which remains the single biggest contributing factor to fatalities. If you’ve had too much to drink, park it, cab it, take transit or use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.
Slow Down
• The laws of physics tell us that higher speeds result in more crashes, injuries, and deaths: When a person who is walking is hit by a car traveling 40 miles per hour, that person has a 10 percent chance of survival. Those are not good odds.
• The good news is that, if we slow traffic down a little, something remarkable happens: When a person who is walking is hit by a car travelling 20 miles per hour, the survival rate jumps to 90 percent.
See and Be Seen
People driving need to pay extra attention. People walking and biking need to make sure they are visible. The best way to do this is to wear reflectors or bright colored clothing. If you’re riding a bike, use lights and reflective stickers. And remember, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked.
Please be aware of each other as you’re getting around and travel safely. For more information on Vision Zero, visit #VisionZeroSEA    
image002Norm Mah
Senior Public Relations Specialist

RantWoman already goes around advising people she is allergic to getting run over. As such, RantWoman is dutifully assembling her latest iteration of reflective gear .RantWoman actually hopes to buy herself a new coat with reflective features, not just go to  Seattle Fabrics for supplies and make her own reflective tagsor head to the nearest bike shop for pants clips and only pants clips or wimpy bests because the average bike shop tends not to imagine customers of RantWoman scale will ever wander in.

RantWoman's basic goal: a coat in her price range that is long enough to cover her butt and her size. RantWoman really does have her heart set on hi-vis orange rather than lime green. RantWoman peculiarly is less afraid of looking like the great pumpkin than of looking like a giant walking lemon.

RantWoman's shopping has taken her to a number of sites. Bear with RantWoman lining up competitors for first pass: RantWoman just keeps finding awesome highly specific vocabulary about coat features. Readers who also want reflective gear might check out the options in bvests, sweatshirts, gloves, hats as well.

RantWoman notes: she has neglected to provide actual links to facilitate ordering from any of these vendors. Use yer Search engines, 'kay!

And Just for grins

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