Night falls early these days, and the need for awareness on the roads is greater than ever. That’s why it is vital to take extra care and be at your brightest so you can boost your visibility in the face of dark nights, when rain and poor road conditions climb toward their peak.
Here are some general tips to help pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users deal with the shorter days:
Look twice, especially at intersections: drivers may have a hard time spotting you.
Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the road to be sure they see you.
Cross the road at designated crosswalks only; don’t dart across the road outside of intersections.
If you keep your cell phone in hand, use as a flashlight for more visibility. Otherwise, put your phone away.
Remove your earbuds. You need all your senses.
For cyclists: slow down, as it takes longer to stop in rainy weather.
Shine in the dark
According to ICBC’s website, 43 per cent of all crashes with pedestrians take place between October and January. In British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, 81 per cent of crashes happen at intersections.
Here are a few ideas to keep you bright at night:
Wear reflective clothing and accessories.
Add reflective stickers to your boots.
Attach a clip-on reflector to your purse or backpack.
Attach spoke clips to your bike and stickers to your bike helmet.
Clip a reflector to your coat zipper and pocket.
Attach a reflector to your stroller.
Clip a reflector wherever one can be visible and hang freely!
Skulls are one of the main symbols of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 2 as part of a three-day festival to honour the dead. October 31, Halloween, kicks off the celebration, and November 1, known as the Day of the Children (or the Innocents), marks the second day of the festival.
During these “days of the dead,” family and friends of the deceased will often create an altar to their loved one, placing on it candles, flowers and favourite foods to support their spiritual journey. The holiday is truly a celebration of the cycles of life.
Colourfully decorated sugar skulls represent the dead and the belief that death is not a final stage of life, but a step toward a higher level of consciousness.
With Halloween just around the corner, you can obtain your own sugar skulls in the tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead. It’s a great time to equip yourself and your trick-or-treater with a reflector so you will all shine bright as you go door-to-door at dusk and in the dark.
Available as a multi-colour or black and white clip-on reflector, the sugar skulls shine in the dark, making your child more visible and safer on the road.
Stylish, fun and practical, our personal safety reflectors are reflective up to 250 m (820 ft), 100% waterproof and reflective when wet.
Finnex Reflectors exhibited NHL reflectors and reflective accessories at the Vancouver Gift Expo at the PNE Forum on Sunday, September 17 and Monday, September 18, 2017. Thousands of retail buyers attended the show to find new and unique gifts, accessories, and novelty items that would make their stores stand out.
Buyers from all over BC visited our booth. Attracted to everything from our stylish purse charms and Vancouver Canucks® reflectors to our handy transit card holders and bike spoke clips, they saw both the utility and the beauty of our line of reflective accessories and NHL reflectors.
Feather Purse Charms
Retail buyers are starting to light up in recognition at the sight of our reflectors. On Sunday, one buyer from the Lower Mainland came by our booth and exclaimed that finding Finnex Reflectors listed online as an exhibitor that very day convinced her to get off the couch and brave the wet and cold weather to get to the show!
She later told us that as she approached our booth, she spotted the double-feather reflective purse charm (pictured at left) hanging on a display and made a beeline for it, thrilled to find a stylish design that would be a perfect fit for her customers. Ultimately, she decided to order a selection from our line of purse charms, transit card holders, and more.
NHL Clip-ons and Transit Card Holders
The same day, a retailer came into our booth, noting with interest the NHL reflectors on display. Browsing through clip-ons for the Canucks® (at right) and other Canadian teams, he inquired why reflectors for last year’s Stanley Cup winners—the Pittsburgh Penguins®—were not available. We quickly explained that they were! In stock at our Burnaby warehouse, NHL licensed reflectors are available for all 31 NHL teams.
On Monday, a father-son duo stopped at our booth, struck by how useful the reflectors would be for the son’s hockey team during the upcoming season. The son and his teammates regularly walk across one of Vancouver’s many dark and harrowing high-traffic roads, especially during fall and winter.
Our reflective accessories shine in the dark and help pedestrians to be highly visible on city streets. Plus, our reflectors are suited to wet climates: they’re 100% waterproof, and reflective when wet.
Active users of public transit, the two men saw how transit card holders could help make them more visible at bus stops. Available with a single or double slot, transit card holders are available with and without a rivet in assorted elegant and trendy styles (at left). Made for students and athletes, moms and urban professionals—in short, anyone taking public transit—the reflective transit card holder will reflect clearly the headlights of a bus, and is used easily to tap in to the bus and go. No fuss. And greater safety.
Bike Spoke Clips
A different buyer strolled by our booth and watched the Finnex Reflectors video we were playing. It shows joggers, moms with kids, and others on dark city streets, wearing reflectors that shine brightly in the headlights of vehicles. It also shows a cyclist, with her wheels illuminated by our bike spoke clips. That was enough to grab the buyer’s attention and make her way straight over to the clips on our display. Easy to snap on to bike spokes, the clips come in a 12-pack and are a great fit for the many cyclists who commute to and from work or their school campus throughout the year!
Finnex Reflectors recently attended the Toronto Gift Fair, which took place August 13 to 16. We welcomed retailers from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and British Columbia in our booth.
A common question? What is a reflector? Our answer: A wearable attachment that reflects light and makes you shine in the dark. Our NHL reflectors and our line of reflective accessories make great back-to-school supplies, and will raise the visibility of your kids at dusk and at dark. If you are a student on campus and taking transit this fall, check out transit card holders, which you can use to flag down a bus, then tap and go!
Stylish, fun and practical, our personal safety reflectors are reflective up to 250 m (820 ft), 100% waterproof and reflective when wet. To learn more, read about our personal safety reflectors.
If you are a retailer interested in purchasing in bulk, please contact us for pricing.