The stickers are finally here! And you can purchase them directly from the site. Click here to purchase >
We are providing two types of stickers to accommodate multiple uses. Both types are described below as well as some photos to show how we recommend using them.
The adhesive stickers use glue to stick on any surface. We recommend this for exterior applications. On the car itself (bumper, gas cover), and the outside mirrors. It's weather-proof so it won't peel off in the rain or in the hot sun. You can also use this sticker on your bike and other surfaces.
The static sticker works great for interior purposes. We found that sticking it on the inside window of your car works just as good as sticking an adhesive sticker on your side mirror. Except of course if you drive with your windows down. It sticks only on smooth surfaces like glass or glossy paint. I have actually used it on my side view mirrors and has held up well.
We recommend the 2 stickers so you can experiment and see where they fit best in your car (or elsewhere). If at any point the sticker interferes with your driving, please take it out and place it where you feel most comfortable.
Ryan is an 8th grader in Marin County, California. He did a community service project on bike mantenance and bike safety. Ryan has been taking VigilantVelo stickers to bike stores in the area. Thank you Ryan!
Here's a transcript of our short interview with Ryan.
How old are you?
I am 14.
How long have you been riding a bike?
I have been riding a bike since age 5, but really started to bike seriously three years ago or so.
What's your favorite kind of bike riding?
I really love mountain biking.
You took VigilantVelo stickers into bike stores. Can you tell us about that?
Yes. Well at first I was really nervous going into bike shops and talking with complete strangers about the stickers and actually trying to persuade them to buy a box. But after about my third visit to a shop I got used to it and it started to get fun. I have since been to eight shops and feel pretty great about what I did. I haven't sold a large box of stickers, but our company became recognized.
What are the streets like in your neighborhood - are they safe for biking?
I think the streets in my neighborhood are fairly safe for biking but that's just because I live in a small town with not many cars.
Have you ever been hurt on a bike? How?
I have definitely crashed more times then I can count but luckily have never been hit by a car.
Has anyone you known been hurt while riding a bike on a street?
About a year back my dad was commuting back from the city wen he was about to pass a group of tourists on rental bikes. He rang his bell and one of them turned her bike to see what the noise was and they crashed. My dad had to have shoulder surgery and it took him out of biking for about half a year.
Last week, a radio host personality in a local station in Washington DC mouthed on about his disapproval of cyclists on the streets. He went on further to advocate running them off the road. Lance Armstrong, on his Twitter account, showed repulse and his 2 million followers spread the word quick and reached Clear Channel's executives (owner of the ESPN sports radio show). Tony asked to be given the opportunity to speak with Lance and apologize to the cycling community. Lance, currently in France, obliged and called in to the radio station. Here's the interview in 2 parts.
And coins the term "Little Fellow"
Thank you Paul Andrews for the well- thought out review.
An exciting day at VigilantVelo!
Jonathan Maus, Editor-in-Chief of BikePortland.org wrote a great article on VigilantVelo. Here it is!
"The world of bike activism is flooded with stickers, but what I love about Raymond’s are where they’re intended to go — right on a car’s rear-view mirror and/or in the driver’s-side window.
A Treehugger Article
by: Warren McLaren, Bundanoon, Australia
Story from Los Angeles Times
A doctor convicted of assaulting two bicyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on a narrow Brentwood road was sentenced today to five years in prison.
Christopher Thompson, wearing dark blue jail scrubs, wept as he apologized to the injured cyclists shortly before he was sentenced.
"I would like to apologize deeply, profoundly from the bottom of my heart," he told them, his right hand cuffed to a court chair.
by Lloyd Alter, Toronto on 11. 5.09
A Treehugger.com article.
by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada 11.10.09
A Treehugger.com article.
"Everybody get out there and ride!"
The stats are out and according to the NYC DOT, bicycling in New York has shot up by 26% in 2009, which is a lot by any measure, though it is lower than the 35% increase in 2008. As you can see from the chart above, these increases are unprecedented. For more on these feel good news, make sure to check out the great video below.
We haven't officially launched. If you've somehow found yourself here, I might as well tell you a little bit about who we are and what we're up to.