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    Anyone use a Whizzzz?

    Whizzzz side warning device? I posted this on the Advocacy Safety group but probably should have posted it here as I think it would be used mostly by commuters.

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    Has anyone bought one of these and what do you think?

    Developed by the Red Cross in Finland and apparently works quite well day or night.

    My impression is that yes, it looks dorky, but also very effective and unlike the side flag devices which tend to be less visible with speed, this one is quite noticeable at any speed. Would be especially useful to commuters and anyone else looking for more safety on the streets.

    I would rather it was printed with "Caution," or something like that instead of Whizzzz though! Might be easy to paint over the lettering and put your own warning in place of it.

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    At first, I thought you meant one of these.



    The Whizzer.
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    Looks like you've got to get a Whizzzz for your Whizzer!

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    Hmm.... even my Fredness has limits, it seems. This is too dorky indeed.

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    Wow, those are OLD. Side flags used to come installed on most bikes here, but now you seldom see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doane View Post
    Whizzzz side warning device? I posted this on the Advocacy Safety group but probably should have posted it here as I think it would be used mostly by commuters.

    Link on Amazon click here

    Has anyone bought one of these and what do you think?

    Developed by the Red Cross in Finland and apparently works quite well day or night.

    My impression is that yes, it looks dorky, but also very effective and unlike the side flag devices which tend to be less visible with speed, this one is quite noticeable at any speed. Would be especially useful to commuters and anyone else looking for more safety on the streets.

    I would rather it was printed with "Caution," or something like that instead of Whizzzz though! Might be easy to paint over the lettering and put your own warning in place of it.
    I have a Flash Flag, and to increase nighttime visibility, I added strips of 3M Diamond grade reflective tape to both the cruciform pole AND the flag itself. Motorists have commented at how visible it is. Plus, I can fold it out of the way when not needed. And it's a flag, which is less dorky than a spinning reflector.
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    Never seen it before, but it looks like a pretty good idea actually. Dorky yes but I'm sure it increases your visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post


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    Is it dishonest to make drivers think that you are wider than you are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... I don't think you would ride with all three. Or maybe you would.
    Hehe... No, I don't think so either.. I think they just were trying to show you that it can be mounted in many different ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Is it dishonest to make drivers think that you are wider than you are?
    Not if you can keep some of them from blowing you off the road.. I've had really close calls and I think that if I had one of these, or one of those side flags, it would have kept those drivers at bay. They have done studies and found that a distance of about 15" doesn't interfere with traffic but sticks out far enough to keep drivers a safe distance away as they pass and apparently in Finland this device has had great success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    Hmm.... even my Fredness has limits, it seems. This is too dorky indeed.
    Yet you are probably willing to put those alien looking contraptions on your head and wear tights? ..I guess it's what we get used to seeing and then begin to think it actually looks cool, right?
    I think that maybe if this Whizzzz device had different printing on it and a more exotic look it might become quite popular and would in the process maybe save a lot of bikers lives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinnrider View Post
    I have a Flash Flag, and to increase nighttime visibility, I added strips of 3M Diamond grade reflective tape to both the cruciform pole AND the flag itself. Motorists have commented at how visible it is. Plus, I can fold it out of the way when not needed. And it's a flag, which is less dorky than a spinning reflector.
    That's interesting and I've seen the Flash Flag too but have heard comments that it is only highly visible at slow speed or while stopped and that as you gain speed the flap flies up into a horizontal position and is not nearly as visible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Wow, those are OLD. Side flags used to come installed on most bikes here, but now you seldom see them.
    Have you seen these in use in Helsinki?

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    How about if instead of "The Whizzzz" it reads:

    "This Bike Is Wind Powered" ... or, "Wind Powered Experimental Vehicle" ... etc.

    OR:

    "I Usually Fly But I Lost My Right Engine" ...or, "I Just Landed, Keep Clear" ... etc.

    OR:

    "They All Said It Couldn't Be Done... etc.

    Or, if all of the above is too corny.. how about a simple, "CAUTION!"

    Looks like the imprinting is on a tape that can be removed and might not be that hard to replace with other text... Any ideas?
    Last edited by Doane; 02-28-12 at 10:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Is it dishonest to make drivers think that you are wider than you are?
    My previous lady friends thought so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xB_Nutt View Post
    Ya, it really is a bad name, isn't it.

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    I still have my pride...

    I'd think a big yellow chicken suit would be a good attention getter too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
    I still have my pride...

    I'd think a big yellow chicken suit would be a good attention getter too.
    Hay, common, it's not that bad. Like I said, I think the worst thing is the name on it, change that and it looks like some sort of test device.. most drivers won't know what it is, but I'll bet they will give you plenty of room in passing. Chicken suit? Play chicken with a car?... nah, you would probably be MORE likely to get run over that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doane View Post
    Have you seen these in use in Helsinki?
    Today, no. They used to be the bestest thing ever in, uhh, maybe 1970-1980s. That's when many bikes came with one installed. I think I had one or two bikes that had side flags myself. They were considered for road use only, I remember being taught to fold it closed when leaving the road and entering a MUP.
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    Forget having any writing - just make the arm bright yellow/orange, and add some black stripes maybe for that "hazard" look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Today, no. They used to be the bestest thing ever in, uhh, maybe 1970-1980s. That's when many bikes came with one installed. I think I had one or two bikes that had side flags myself. They were considered for road use only, I remember being taught to fold it closed when leaving the road and entering a MUP.
    Do you know why they stopped supplying them? Was it before they had a system of bike lanes and dedicated bike paths?

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