‘Glow Me’ Promotes Nighttime Bicycle Safety

Jun 28, 2017
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Surf City resident Debra Carroll has too often seen people riding their bicycles at night without proper lighting, making them very difficult for a driver to see.

“It’s especially dangerous during the summer when there’s so much traffic,” she said. “I was worried that someone was going to get killed. As the Island seems to get busier and busier every season, I thought it was so important to keep our kids safe and seen.”

Carroll, along with her partner Joe Lingenfelter, decided to put their concerns into action by establishing Glow Me, a kiosk debuting this summer at Schooner’s Wharf in Beach Haven.

“We started talking about this venture over a year ago, trying to figure out what and how could we inspire kids to want to stay seen, make it a ‘cool look’ to the bikes, while cars and pedestrians will see them clearly from a distance,” said Carroll. “Our theme is don’t get hit, get lit.”

In addition, Lingenfelter operates a Glow Me in Waldorf, Md.

Carroll said the lights are very easily installed around the spokes of the tire, and for a small fee any of their employees will install. Batteries are included.

“We want our customers to walk or ride away confident that they only need to hit the on/off button and simply ride,” said Carroll. “As well as spoke lights, we also carry tail lights, head lights, cup holders, laser tail lights, which are great to attach to any child’s stroller or a ride-along bicycle child’s seat. We are determined to keep the bicycles of LBI this season lit up.”

Carroll said she also carries rechargeable LED dog collars.

“I can’t tell you how often a dog and his owner are just not seen at night here on LBI, so we encourage all dog owners to also stay safe and to be seen,” she said. “We encourage people to send us a picture of your kids and your pets to post on our Facebook page, glowme.”

Carroll also carries Fidget spinners and bubble guns, with free refills of bubbles all season long.

The business is open every day from 3 to 10 p.m.

“We wanted to be open in the evening so that some people might want to stop here before going out at night with their bicycles,” said Carroll.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

Glow Me
(Video by: Chris Seiz)
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