In her article, Cyclists put mettle to the pedal to capture collisions, she introduces cyclists' "new weapon in their battle to stay safe on the roads", the video camera. She interviews Nathan Besh who has started a company that sells mounts to attach cameras to a bicycle.
She also writes about another guy who posts footage on YouTube to show how close he comes to getting killed.
These guys film their daily commute to work in readiness for being struck down.
For me this is simply contributing to a them versus us mentality that in the end will fail to serve anyone's best interests. Cyclists and motorists should be looking at a way to share the roads rather than adding momentum to what is increasingly being referred to as a "war".
I haven't ridden much in Sydney (where these two gentlemen are from), but the few times I have I can say the infrastructure doesn't exist to engender happily shared roads. Perhaps that is more the problem.
This is not to say that foolish and dangerous drivers don't exist. Of course they do; I come across one almost daily. But pointing the finger at motorists will not help our cause. Indeed, I believe it will only serve to make us more vilified in the eyes of motorists.
I'd also like to add that footage makes cars look much closer than they actually are. I believe the implication of the photo below (right centre) is that the bus is passing by perilously close. I would contend it is in fact at least a metre away (although it is hard to say, but that's the point). Also, it looks like there's an awful lot of lane free on the left that the cyclist could be accommodating.
And that pedestrian in the bottom right photo doesn't look all that close to me.
|From The Age|
But all this is petty. My argument is that as cyclists we don't need sanctimonious tech savvies riding in our bunch making us appear to hate everyone else and ensuring everyone else hates us.
What do you think?