The brain child of Gina Lewis-Enright, born out of a passion for the sport and a deep desire to increase Cyclist's safety on the roads.
Continuously hearing of cyclists being killed and seriously hurt by drivers while doing this amazing sport just seriously confuses me. It takes seconds or minutes at the most to pass a cyclist on the road who is a human being with a family who would be devastated to live a life without them. Surely during that minimal amount of time it is worth it for a driver to do the right thing to save someone's life, and the right thing is so simple, keep 1.5m distance from a cyclist in speed zones over 60km/h, and 1.m distance in speed zones under 60km/h.
When Corona Virus started I made the decision to ride solo on my rides and not to do the groups of two 1.5m apart for social distancing. I was literally terrified on the roads....terrified that my children could lose their mum. I deeply questioned whether I should even do this sport I love so much. I'd have drivers come within centimeters of me, hoot at me for no reason and even aim for me with their cars. It was like I wasn't a human being and had no right to use the road. Knowing the right things to do while cycling to keep myself safe, for me and my family, I just seriously couldn't understand what was going on. I've been lucky enough to ride in Spain and France and the treatment of cyclists on the road is so respectful of their lives, unfortunately vastly different to Sydney.
So my brain got thinking and I came up with this idea of these 'Safety Bibs'. These Safety Bibs act the same as a race number pinned to your cycling jersey, except instead of a number it has a humanizing statement and a distance reminder. It's an immediate, cost effective, easy way to get the message to drivers of the right thing to do when passing a cyclist who is a human being with a family. Commuters, cyclists training or people just cycling for enjoyment, they all need to wear a Safety Bib to educate/remind drivers of the right thing to do.