If you’re even the slightest bit concerned about your safety when traveling by bike, you should consider getting yourself a Road ID.
Road ID is kind of like a military dog tag, used in the event of an emergency to contact your loved ones and help medical professionals quickly diagnose your situation. Unlike a military dog tag, however, the Road ID has been designed specifically with runners, cyclists and similar athletic individuals in mind. The basic premise behind the Road ID is that there is a small stainless steel tag, on which your name, contact phone numbers, and medical history is engraved. You can see my name, date of birth, home city, contacts and medical history engraved on the Shoe ID above. I have blurred out the phone numbers for privacy reasons.
The idea behind the Road ID is that in the event of an accident (you being hit by a car, attacked by a dog, passing out, etc) someone will come along and find you, see your Road ID, and instantly know who to contact.
The Road ID is especially important for individuals who have specific health conditions. With the Road ID, you can engrave just about anything you want on it, so if you have a specific health condition, be sure to include that information on your ID. Then, when medical personnel find you during an emergency, they’ll know how to treat you and won’t waste any precious time trying to figure out what’s wrong with you or how to treat your condition.
The Road ID comes in a number of different designs (including products for your wrist, ankle, and around your neck), but the Road ID featured here is the Shoe ID.
The Shoe ID consists of the regular metal identification tag featured on the other Road ID products. But instead of wrapping around your wrist or ankle (which some people may not like), the Shoe ID uses a small Velcro strap to wrap itself around the laces of your shoe and stay in place while you go about your day.
The Shoe ID is super lightweight (you won’t notice it at all) and is easy to install. (See the photos below for instructions on how to secure the Shoe ID to your shoe and see a picture of the Shoe ID in place on one of my favorite pairs of shoes.)
At $19.99 USD, the Shoe ID from Road ID is a no-brainer. This is the type of product you hope you’ll never have to use, but if something horrible were to ever happen to you while on your travels or even around your home, this inexpensive piece of emergency gear could literally save your life!
For more information on the Shoe ID and to see the other Road ID models that are available to you, please visit www.roadid.com.