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Help requested posted on 2nd September 2020:

Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

Hi Road Safety Knowledge members;

I promote sustainable travel to our staff at The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust. I am putting together a funding bid to help make our commuter cyclists more visible in the coming darker months, with the idea of offering free lights and Hi Viz items. Would anybody be able to recommend any suppliers to get quotes on LED lights, reflective spoke strips, Hi viz rucksac covers, Hi viz tape? Thank you

Alex

"Bee seen" not a spelling mistake, also help promote the Red Mason Bee project :)

Alexander Ford

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Response posted on 2nd September 2020 by:
Andrew Fraser

E: andmarg@hotmail.co.uk
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Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/cyclists-guide-visibility-clothing-accessories-142322

Hello, Alexander.

The above (2014) article may be of interest. From there, you may be able to find and contact a range of companies offering the gear you're after. How things have moved on from my tandem days (sigh). None of it's cheap, though ...

Why not speak to one or two of the cycling advocates?

https://www.cyclinguk.org

Andrew.


Response posted on 3rd September 2020 by:
Steve Burge

E: steve.burge@red-zulu.com
T: 01588 673107

Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

Hi Alexander

Red Zulu Limited is a Shropshire based company that specialises in the supply of materials for the promotion of Road Safety. Please give me a call and we can discuss your requirement.

Regards
Steve


Response posted on 4th September 2020 by:
John

E: john@room9media.com
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Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

You could try Brightkidz - great to deal with and have loads of this sort of stuff!

Their website is:

https://brightkidz.co.uk/


Response posted on 9th September 2020 by:
Keith Baldock

E: keith.baldock@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

I've used Steve at Red Zulu and a couple of others over many years. Steve is good - but you get what you pay for to a large extent. I've spent with local fire and rescue service on hi-vis rucksack covers because they are waterproof - give visibility in 3 directions and have reflective strips on. Also can get little straps that go on rucksack straps - I tend to give one or other. My target audience was Uni students - but now I also target commuters. Got this from casualty data - which also informs where we distribute them.
Previously I've given out simple LED front and back lights - sometimes they are sold for 1 a set end of season . We try and work with police so that week before clocks go back we'll stop and advise - maybe give out lights , next we hope police will stop and chastise/ticket. Obviously recent years no capacity.
Also see if you've a vehicle mark up shop near you which has offcuts of HV reflective sticky back plastic . We've got a couple in county who are happy to give us offcuts - and now to shape them for us as well.


Response posted on 10th September 2020 by:
Vicki Bristow

E: victoria.bristow@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
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Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

Hi Alex.....its me!!!

We obviously have the gear that we normally give out at our events if you just wanted to source what we normally give out. We use Solon but have also used Red Zulu, they are a really good local company for you.


Response posted on 10th September 2020 by:
andrew bright

E: abright@clevelandfire.gov.uk
T: 07725956570

Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

I use Solon Security and have just received an order of rucksack covers - really good quality, the high vis neck warmers are also great and good value.
https://www.solonsecurity.co.uk/
Regards, Andrew


Response posted on 10th September 2020 by:
Alexander Ford

E: alexander.ford1@nhs.net
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Bee Seen - Lights for commuter cyclists

Thank you for all your responses :)

I have sent an FOI to WMAS requesting collision RTA data for the following categories Pedestrian, Cyclists, Mortcyclists and Horse Riders (Quite a few in Shropshire).

I am waiting on a quote from BrightKidz and will touch base with Red Zulu.

I like this idea from Keith "Also see if you've a vehicle mark up shop near you which has offcuts of HV reflective sticky back plastic . We've got a couple in county who are happy to give us offcuts - and now to shape them for us as well." That could be classed as a nugget of Gold information"

I have also found this supplier as well called Flashback tape. Long ago I remember chatting to a A&E Nurse who cycled to work and she was always nervous of crossing T-Junctions, until she found a way to light up the main frame off her bike.

https://www.flashbacktape.co.uk/collections/reflective-strips/products/high-intensity-silver-self-adhesive-reflective-strip?variant=32092052979811

Thank you again, I just need to compile the funding bid.

Kr
Alex


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