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.
Just a quick background. My name is Raymond and I work as a web and graphic designer. I'm also an avid road and mountain biker. This past decade I've been fortunate to have worked in the cycling industry. I co-founded the very popular web site, mtbr.com with Francis Cebedo. After my stint there, I started a consulting practice doing web development and advertising for clients such as Hayes Disc Brakes, Wheelsmith, Answer-Manitou, SUNringle, Rivendell, Ventana Mountain Bikes, DeFeet International, and more. It has been a rewarding experience to say the least.
How did VigilantVelo come about?
In the recent years I've been saddened and horrified by the number of cyclists getting hit on the road by automobiles. For a while it seemed like every week someone was killed or badly injured. I myself has had 1 serious accident and numerous close calls to which I've lost count. I started to become paranoid and always felt that the next car behind me could be my fate. It's no way to ride I thought to myself.
My problem solving skills kicked in, in the only way I knew how. Through graphic design. I hand drew the VigilantVelo logo first without a name. Just an exclamation point with the cyclist on top. I wanted it to be a reminder for drivers to watch out for cyclists. It felt right, simple, and intuitive. But the question was how do I get this logo to drivers? Street signs? Billboards? Magazine ads? Ideas which seemed impossible and expensive. So, the sticker concept immediately came to fruition. It was easy, inexpensive and it would always stay with the driver. That was it, I drafted the name, bounced the idea around a few friends in the industry and have received some words of encouragement.
So now here we are... getting ready to take the idea and run with it. We're in the process of printing 2" x 2" static cling decals for your side view mirrors or rear view mirrors. It's not intrusive, but hopefully just enough of a reminder to keep a driver aware of cyclists. Proceeds of sticker sales will go to printing more and a donation to the League of American Bicyclists.
If you're interested, please sign up or reply to my blog and we'll keep you updated on our progress. We hope you'll see us in your local bike shop soon!
Sincerely, and safe riding.