A reflective fabric with a drawing of a car overtaking a cyclist leaving a space of 1.5m, the fabric would be easy to remove,to attach to any t-shirt or jacket, thus protecting you and making you visible to traffic.
This is another biciclown's project.
To all the backers I would want to give a hug of thanks without 1.5m of space.
Who is biciclown?
A guy who in 2001 decided to leave the “normal life” and since then he lives on his bicycle traveling the world and bringing a smile with his free clown's shows to the most humble people: those who do not have account on facebook and who do not need one.
He has published 5 books and 3 documentaries. Two of them have been funded by www.verkami.com:
The nomad 's smile was the first successful project funded in the history of this crowdfunding platform.
Spreading Happiness, the second documentary , got more than 168 % of its goal.
Those who have seen him say he is honest, hard worker and looking always for a perfect smiles in other's faces.
The last time he was in Spain was in 2004 and he says he will not return until he has travel the world by bicycle.
What is SPACEme?
I like to translate as " Give me my space." In traffic the biggest (cars) dominates the smallest (bikes). Although cyclists are contributing to a better environment, a healthier population that uses less hospitals, making cities more human, WE HAVE NO safe place to travel. We are naked in the traffic jungle.
SPACEme was born, to get that space in traffic that has been stolen and to make cycling more safe.
Naked in the traffic (Photo: Antonio Cala)
The solution is to ask for 1.5m when cars overtake cyclists.
Cyclists are the only group in which accidents are growing in Spain. The number of victims in 2012 has increased by 47 % compared with the previous year: there have been a total of 72 cyclists killed. (Source DGT)
The figures for cyclists injured is even higher, so many so that are not the subject of statistics.
World Map of road accidents: http://roadskillmap.com
In some countries like Spain and many others, the law requires drivers to leave a space of 1.5m, when overtaking cyclists.
Overtaking a cyclist without giving the minimum safety distance is a serious offense, punishable by 200 euros and 4 points (on the licence).
But very few drivers do it. Do you know why?
Lack of advertising. Most drivers do not know the rule exists. If you expect your government to do an advertising campaign to promote it you will better go for a beer.
The Problem of reflective vests
Do you know any cyclist who loves to pedal with a reflective vest? I do not . They're horrible, are not aerodynamic, they warm in summer and do not remove the cold in winter. But they are also insufficient, because although drivers see you, they do not overtake you with 1.5m , putting the lives of cyclists at risk.
SPACEme : the solution that protects you
SPACEme is a reflective fabric that makes you visible, which also spreads the message of 1.5 m up to overtake cyclist and has a secret pocket.
SPACEme is easy to place on any clothes just using the magic buttons we provide you with as they do not need to be sewn (just a click as seen on www.click-clix.com). It is also removable so you can place it in different items of clothing, making them automatically reflective.
SPACEme advertises the standard 1.5m to overtake a cyclist, increasing your safety.
SPACEme has a secret pocket on the inside where you can store your phone a banana or ... the clown nose.
SPACEme is simple, effective and necessary .
SPACEme uses 3M reflective fabric, the most durable brand in the market.
The more people use SPACEme the more protected cyclists will be on traffic.
Who should wear SPACEme?
SPACEme is for everyone: whether you're a professional user or occasional traveler, because it makes you visible and protects you.
If you loves bikes and you love your live, SPACEme is for you.
Spread the voice
Besides SPACEme we have done some STICKERS and you can place them in your motorbike, car, boat, airplane, house..., so everybody will notice it and will overtake cyclist with the 1.5m.
SPACEme works with Bikes without Borders
SPACEme is also supportive because collaborates with the NGO Bikes Without Borders . Each backer can donate a euro in his contribution, and for each backer who does it we will donate another euro.
All of them are originals, handmade and unique. We have create them with all our love, because we know you like this project.
Start from 5 euros until 500.
Our financial goal is probably too far from our posibilities, but we want to give a try as we think there are many cyclists that will love it and need it.
Recently I had backed this project BIKES vs CARS for the same reason I will be backing SPACEme: becuase I belive that bicycles, even are something from the past, are really need these days: we need them as we need flowers, sunsets of freedom.
The team (all of them avid cyclists)
CHINA- Gerard, production control.
ESPAÑA- Sergio soul's button.
SUIZA- Martina, product design Web
ENGLAND- Cherry, english version. Web
THE WORLD- Biciclown The idea, the result of accidents and many scares overtaking
The magic buttons
Thanks to click-clix buttons, SPACEme is easily placed on any fabric. Ordering SPACEme you will get (32) more buttons than you need as a magic gift. You can give multiple applications: home, leisure , office ... as seen on the web www.click-clix.com
And if you want more buttons you can buy them at click-clix (pvp starts 7,90 euros)
What we do with your contribution?
Produce fabrics with the help of my friend Gerard in Nanjing (China ).
Buy magic buttons click-clix for my friend Sergi from Barcelona ( Spain ).
Spreading the social media project with the cool Martina's design Zurich (Switzerland ) .
Transfer to Bikes Without Borders the amount we have donated them generously .
Pay for shipments. This is the most expensive side of this project.
Pay for verkami services and bank commissions.
How it will be sent?
All parcels inside Spain we will send it with a Bikemessenger company La Luna (The Moon). They are environmentally responsible; I worked with them for one year to get ready for my world tour. That's it: I worked in the Moon to later travel the Earth.
International parcels will be sent by Paquebote. My good friend Braulio takes care of each parcel as if it is a small piece of treasure. He is the soul of www.paquebote.com and he is always anxious to send parcels on time.
Why parcels are that expensive?
You can check how it cost to send parcels in Spain using National post:
to Spain: 4,35 euros
to Europe: 8,65 euros
rest of the world: 12,15 euros
Deadline to delivery rewards
Sales and Distribution
SPACEme will be sold through www.biciclown.com if you want to do bulk purchase for distribution contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Price will be 15 euros.
Gives us your feedback
If you think the product can be improved or you know associations who may be will like it or you have friends in the press, radio or television please give them a shout and contact us email@example.com
Spread the Project
Mabye you think SPACEme is a good idea but you can not support us because you are long term unemployed and you are living on basics. You can still help: you're watching this is because you have accessed internet so please spread this project in your social networks and your friends. The more people use it more people will be protected.
What if we get more requests ?
This project is calculated for produce about SPACEme, if we get more money is because there are more backers so we must produce more SPACEme, we can buy more buttons etc.
Can I remove SPACEme?
If you do not like where you placed the buttons you can remove them and use them again .
Can SPACME be washed?
Of course and also recommend so you will be more shine on the road.
If you have more questions let us know.
Peace and Good Being, the biciclown