Most runners and triathletes say they love their sport because they get that sense of freedom and solitude on their long runs and bikes. They enjoy pounding the pavement or speeding down the road on their bikes and love the sense of accomplishment after their training blocks. But, like most things, there is a risk when we “share” the roads with motorists. (I use the word “share” cautiously here). We’ve all heard the stories of cyclists and runners hit and every time our hearts sink a little more as one of our own are seriously injured or killed from such events. Despite the increase in bike lanes, signs, and advocacy, the number of accidents continues to rise.
Road ID is a great company and an athletes best friend. In times of emergency, a Road ID will provide first responders with your name, birthday, address, and any important information needed without them having to ask you or go through your belongings. They come in bracelets for your ankle or wrist and several different colors. Recently, Road ID has released a new app for Android and iPhone that I just recently discovered. Although it’s still in the Beta testing stage and there are still bugs to work out, it’s a great app.
The new Road ID app allows your family, friends, training partners, and others to follow you virtually via text message and see where you are by utilizing the phones GPS (known as “eCrumb”). In addition, you can set the expected length of your ride and can send text messages to up to 5 people when your activity is over. There are options that send messages when your position is idle for a set amount of time. I think the greatest feature is that you can create a specialized lock-screen that displays your name and address as well as emergency contact numbers. This means you can lock your phone and anyone can call these people should an emergency occur. See below for screenshots of the app.
Road ID is an incredible resource and I recommend every biker, jogger, open water swimmer, runner, triathlete, etc. get one. They’re reasonably priced and your life could depend on it (God, forbid). I have personally crashed my bike and had several near accidents while running and biking and several of my training partners have been in similar situations. Not only does it benefit you as an athlete, but it helps to relieve some stress for those you care the most about and those that care about you. Maybe if you’re on the nice list Santa will bring you one for Christmas! Check them out at www.roadid.com. Also, if you download the Beta version of the app on iPhone or Android you receive a 10% off coupon code at the Road ID website. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. This app is pretty cheap. Free.
*The above review is my account and my opinion about the Road ID app for iPhone and Android. I was not paid nor am I marketing for Road ID or any of their affiliates.