Thousands of microscopic glass beads - that’s the magic behind 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. When a light from a car’s headlights hit reflective material, the light bounces back to the source. The light bounces off the glass beads and reflects back like a mirror. We call this retroreflection. It’s helped keep commuters, moms, kids, runners and cyclists safe for over 70 years.
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A driver may travel up to 500 feet when responding to a pedestrian, but a white shirt may only be visible at 250 ft. Adding the proper amount of reflective material can help increase the distance wearers will be visible.
Mike Cherman was riding home from work 3 years ago on his bicycle in NYC and was hit by a car due to wearing dark clothing that made him nearly invisible to the SUV that hit him. Mike then founded ICNY which uses 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material in garments such as socks to create a strobe-light effect when illuminated and his products are sold in 200 retailers worldwide. He has vowed never to wear dark colors while biking at night and hasn’t had an accident since. Learn More
Sarah Canner was living in Paris in 2007 when Paris launched its bike sharing program. She had loved biking but was scared of traffic - this motivated her to create a fashion line that combines fashion with high-visibility. She built safety technology into her regular clothes, inspired by a city known for its fashion and a company known for its invention. Learn more.