In the unlikely event that you are involved in a collision whilst cycling, it is a good idea to make sure you can be identified quickly by the police, paramedics or the first person on the scene. Even if you are not involved in a serious incident, you may be concussed and find it difficult to remember details like your home phone number.
There are often incidents where the police are unable to identify someone involved in a road collision because they do not have any form of identification on them. This means family members may go hours without knowing what has happened to their loved one.
Recently, a member of CTC, the national cycling charity was left concussed after a collision with a car and couldn’t remember either his home phone number or address. Fortunately, he could remember his name and his bicycle had a CTC sticker on it, so an enterprising police officer called the CTC national office who were able to obtain from their records the cyclists’ home phone number and address.
Other cyclists may not be fortunate enough to have membership with an organisation like CTC, never mind an identifying sticker on their bike.
Other means of identification are available if you don’t want to carry an ID card or wallet with you when out riding. For example, Pedal Safe Cycle Insurance offer a package called ‘Cram Alert ID’(link is external) which comes with an ID wristband and an ID anti-bike theft decal.
My TAG’s Cyclist Guardian(link is external) package contains four items that link you to friends and family in the event of an incident. You create an online profile that includes emergency contact details which are linked to a unique ID code which is found on a wristband, helmet sticker, key tag and wallet card. If you’re in difficulty and found, the finder contacts MyTAG’s 24/7 UK Helpline Centre and quotes the unique code. MyTAG immediately contact your friends and family and make sure any vital information is passed to medical teams.
Alternatively, if you carry a mobile phone, you should put an emergency phone number (e.g. your next of kin’s mobile number) in it and name it ‘ICE’ – In Case of Emergency. The police and paramedics know to look for this number.
ICE patch is an adhesive QR code that you stick to your helmet (or somewhere visible on your bike if you don’t use a helmet). Emergency Services scan the QR code to access your vital information. ICE patches are available from http://experttech.uk/