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These reflective jackets will replace safety vests for cyclists

Quentin and Henri, 2 road lovers, have seen their lives brutally crushed when the yellow safety vest became mandatory for cyclists and other road users in France on 1st January 2016. That’s how they decided to turn this legislation upside down to reinvent the whole shape and design of this street symbol through street wear collections and reflective jackets.

Kerstin Oschabnig
Since about two years Kerstin Oschabnig has been coordinating the Bike Citizens Magazine. For her, the bicycle embodies more than just a means of transportation – it's a lifestyle. She loves all the facets of bicycle culture and sometimes stares a few seconds too long towards a passing bicycle. In her free time you find her on stage as a circus artist.

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We were bored from safety vests

The 2 Parisian entrepreneurs, gathered under the name of Urban Circus. Both from an engineer and fashion design background, they complete each other
to combine fashion and technology, in order to offer a fashion-tech alternative to high visibility. Their reflective jacket collection does have a slick design, stylish fit, multiple features and respected standards (EN 20471 ).

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On November 11th they started a kickstarter campaign for their new collection: The Jongleur 5.0 jacket. It shows advanced technical features: protection, mitten, LED, touch sensitive GPS pocket, high visibility technical textile. We’ve tested the previous model, which was not yet completely adjusted to the needs of a cyclist (stiff material, the form of the hoodie restricts the view when looking over the shoulder, …). What we liked about it though was the great visibility you get in traffic. The feedback from other road users was very positive. With Jongleur 5.0 Urban Circus seems to have managed to do the final adjustments and even more than that.

Photos © Urban Circus

Kerstin Oschabnig
Since about two years Kerstin Oschabnig has been coordinating the Bike Citizens Magazine. For her, the bicycle embodies more than just a means of transportation – it's a lifestyle. She loves all the facets of bicycle culture and sometimes stares a few seconds too long towards a passing bicycle. In her free time you find her on stage as a circus artist.

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  • Ilze

    Hi! I love your jacket! But does it really fit the standart of EN 20471? As far as I know, the standart requires 0,5 sq. meters of fluorescent material and 50mm wide bands around the whole body. If it really fits the standart, I’d love to buy multiple of them for my company workers. Hope to hear from you soon! Ilze

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