Last night at a forum in Tampa, I debuted the sharrow safety vest, which shows a reflective sharrow on the back with a "Share the Lane" message. I got positive reactions to the brightly-colored vest, ideal for wearing when cycling around here.
If you ride a bicycle, make yourself seen to the motorist because it's clear that a significant number of motorists are not being alert enough to see bicyclists.
My friend Michael Ploch, a Riverview T-shirt maker and cyclist, is making these sharrow vests and I am trotting them out now as a soft opening. Mike will be displaying and selling a variety of sharrow-theme vests, jerseys, T-shirts and caps and other items at the Bicycle Bash festival at Flatwoods on NOV 7. SWFBUD puts on the Bicycle Bash every year.
Here, Brian Eckman, owner of SWFBUD store Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, models the sharrow vest. This is a special SWFBUD model with SWFBUD lettering.
The vests sell for $30 and you can log onto http://www.sharrowshirts.bigcartel.com/product/premium-sharrow-safety-vest to buy one.
Michael is donating a portion of the profits made from these vests to local bicycle advocacy.
Look for Mike at the Bicycle Bash.