Road iD App

As most cyclist already know, it’s getting a lot more dangerous on the roads for us. According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics for 2015, there has been a 6 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities since 2006 and a 12.2 percent increase from the previous year (2014).

While the makers of ROAD iD can’t help you avoid a collision, they do offer a free real-time tracking App. It shows an eCrumb trail of your location and provides a Stationary Alert if you are inactive for a set amount of time so your loved ones can monitor your status while you’re out on your bicycle.

I use this app when I am cycling, walking my dogs, hiking or any time I want someone to know my location. It has worked faultlessly for me.

Ken Whittaker

Updated April 24, 2018

Emergency Medical Information Card

In addition to wearing identification and emergency contact information, I also carry a laminated Emergency Medical Information Card on me. It has all the important medical information that emergency medical personnel might need to know about me in a medical emergency including:

– Identification and date of birth

– Emergency contacts

– Heath insurance provider

– Allergies

– Medical conditions

– Medications (prescriptions and over-the-counter)

– Immunizations

– And the contact information for family physician

While I have used my emergency medical information card in medical emergencies, I also find it useful for routine doctor visits where they ask me the same information.

Ken Whittaker

Updated April 21, 2018

Identification and Emergency Contact Information

One thing that I don’t leave home without, even if I’m going for a short bicycle ride around home, is my identification and emergency contact information. Let’s face it, as cyclists rocketing along with only a few square inches of rubber touching the ground we do run the risk of injury and it is important that someone else knows who to contact if we are hurt. In fact, I wear identification and emergency contact information on me 24/7.

In my case, days after completing my 3,000 miles coast to coast ride, I was struck by a car only two miles from my home. While I was conscious when they loaded me into the ambulance, I couldn’t think clearly enough to tell them my wife’s phone number. Fortunately, at the time I was wearing a hi-vis, reflective strap around my ankle with my name, year of birth, and her emergency contact information on it. I simply pointed to it and the police officer was able to use it to contact her immediately.

Whether it’s dog tags, a bracelet, ankle strap or another method, always have your identification and contact information visible on you so someone can contact your loved ones if you are hurt.

Ken Whittaker

Updated April 20, 2018