InTandem extends competition deadline

Posted on: Thursday, 24 May 2012 by Debbie Attwood

intandem2FTA is supporting the InTandem competition to find an original warning symbol to help prevent large vehicle/cyclist collisions. Cycle casualties increased beyond the 2,500 mark nationwide this year, with 20 per cent of cycle accidents in the capital involving Heavy Goods Vehicles. The competition deadline has now extended until 31 May giving budding creatives times to get their entries in.

The decision to extend the deadline came after the InTANDEM team, helped out as always by mascot Gus the Gorilla, was flooded with a 50 per cent entry increase in the last week before the original deadline in April. Amanda Jackson, managing director of Tigerfish PR and InTANDEM judge explained “It’s great that we’ve received so many entries which kept arriving right up to the deadline; we made the decision to extend the closing date to give people a greater chance to enter.”

The hazard symbol, which must fit within the unique pentagon shape, will be placed on the back of large vehicles across the UK. It will remind drivers to be vigilant in their watch for cyclists whilst serving as a warning to riders that extra care is needed if passing a large vehicle on the nearside is unavoidable.

As well as the first £1000 prize, entrants now have the chance to win two FTA-sponsored second prize bikes, worth £500 each. All prize winners, including three third prize winners, will receive a set of distinct Bicygnals’ illuminated ‘Angel’ helmets and light indicator sets worth £84 each, to enhance their safety on the road.

Gordon Telling, Head of Urban Logistics at FTA and InTANDEM co-sponsor said: “We are proud supporters of this road safety initiative which advocates that extra care is needed from drivers around vulnerable road users.”

More details can be found on the competition’s webpage www.intandemcompetition.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/InTANDEMComp or Twitter @InTANDEMComp.

 

 

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