Before I get to the main point of this post, let me mention that I was thwarted from riding my bike today. Last night a severe storm knocked out power for about 18 hours. No electricity meant my garage door opener would not work and my bike was trapped inside (a detached garage). That’s something I never considered before. I guess there’s some sort of mechanical opener on the inside, but figuring all that out early in the morning was beyond me. So I took the L train instead. Boo.
And now for something completely different.
Bike Snob recently mentioned (which means made fun of) a Kickstarter project for creating a turning signal bike glove. While the idea of a bike turning signal is…interesting, I prefer to use old fashioned hand signals that no one understands. When I feel like increasing visibility, lately I’ve been using this slap bracelet that came in my bike-to-work week goodie bag.
That’s right – slap bracelet. Remember those?
Makes me think of Smurfs and Fruity Pebbles.
When I’m not wearing the slap bracelet, I keep it slapped on the handle of my pannier. I’m not really big on neon, but this thing is so easy and increases my false sense of security, so I haven’t found a reason not to carry it.
Do you do anything to make your turning intentions more visible?