Like pizza? Want to be extra visible in this age of distracted driving? Then it might well be worth ordering a slice of Safety Pizza…
A preamble: whilst I don’t believe that as cyclists, we should be responsible for turning ourselves into a high viz fashion shows. Rather, people should drive more slowly and consciously. But the reality is that given this age of distracted driving, the more easily visible we are, the better… especially when kids are involved.
In simplest terms, the Safety Pizza is a fun take on the traditional high viz triangle or flag.
I gave Sage the smaller of the two – the diminutive Pizzareta – and he took great delight in applying all the reflective stickers; pepperoni, mushroom, and cheese. I imagine most adults will get a kick out of choosing their toppings too.
The Pizza comes in two sizes, each of which is supplied with a variety of ‘toppings’. I gave Sage the smaller of the two – the diminutive Pizzareta – and he took great delight in applying all the reflective stickers; pepperoni, mushroom, and cheese. I imagine most adults will get a kick out of choosing their toppings too.
The pizzas are made in Los Angeles, California. Could you create something similar yourself? Probably. But these guys came up with the idea, and from what I can tell, they’re keen cyclists hoping to add some safety, with a fun twist, to your ride. By comparison, a more conventional safety triangle, like Adventure Cyclist’s Jogalite, is a few dollars cheaper at $12.
In use, the smaller version has an adjustable bungee cord and needs 6″ (15cm) of dangle space. It can turn and twist in the wind, but the material on both sides is high viz, as is the bungee cord. The length required meant that it didn’t technically work with Sage’s current setup due to the short distance between his seat and his rack, but we figured out a way nonetheless. The larger model uses two loops, so you could attach it to the hoops of your saddle (if you have a Brooks style model), or to your bike bags, or a backpack.
I borrowed Sage’s little Pizzarita and I took it on a campout. A friend commented that the pizza really caught the late afternoon light when he was riding behind me, and could be seen from surprisingly far back. Another said it was almost like I had a flashing LED. So all good there. Durability wise, it feels well made, though you’ll need to make sure you really press hard on the toppings to make sure they bind well, and don’t end up peeling away from the crust. No one wants to lose their toppings! I think Sage might have been a bit impatient as his are definitely peeling off; a few months on, and we’ve lost a few.
According to the site, the pizzas should survive the worst commuting weather you can throw at them: “Safety Pizza is constructed from a completely waterproof, high performance, non-fraying material and is usable in temperatures down to -55°F. The reflective materials are of the highest quality, meeting worldwide standards for emergency vehicles and first-responder garments.”
Fact and Stats
- Product name Safety Pizza
- Price$18-20 (+ $5 US shipping or $7.50 Earthwide)
- ContactSafety Pizza
Cut to the Chase
Sure, the Pizza is a fun novelty, but if it helps cyclists to be seen, and puts a smile on the face of a motorist, that’s great news for me.
Disclosure: Safety Pizza sent me two pizzas to try out.