Video: Dear Motorist

Dec 9, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  


Here at Pinkbike we understand cyclists are somebody’s loved one. We are proud to be a part of the Dear Motorist video, a video with a goal to help raise awareness of cycling safety so we all can return to the ones we love unharmed. Please share this video… a few seconds can save a cyclist's life.

For more information visit www.dearmotorist.com.

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163 Comments

  • 98 2
 Respect ... no further comment is necessary.
  • 51 3
 Beautiful words 'dirty-fecker'
  • 18 4
 Every road user needs to be as careful as the next, even pedestrians. My father died suddenly from internal brain injuries caused from a simple collision between him and a cyclist. It was a genuine accident, both weren't being careful enough on their daily commute it's commuters who need to be targeted, as naturally, the same journey day in, day out causes a lapse in attention. And for god sake wear a damn helmet, it should be illegal not to!
  • 118 0
 I'm not ashamed to say that I feel safer riding DH, then riding on the road to UNI...
  • 27 58
flag supercruizer1 (Dec 9, 2013 at 6:24) (Below Threshold)
 Really, it should be "illegal" not too wear a helmet. I think you need to think a little harder on that one. Every law is a freedom taken away.
I am not arguing the fact that a helmet provides safety, but it should be a choice not a law. Food for thought.
  • 27 2
 Illegal? I was thinking it's more common sense to wear one.
  • 16 5
 It is the law in Canada to wear a helmet while on a bike. Its not enforced well though. Would you rather kill someone or injure them if you are the guy in the car? That helmet could be that difference. Not to mention if you are injured on a bike it is costing tax dollars from MY Pocket to help you. Nobody ever thinks of it this way.
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flag supercruizer1 (Dec 9, 2013 at 7:25) (Below Threshold)
 @mlr428 I agree it is UN-common sense to wear one, but should still be my choice. paulclarke in your country it may be tax dollars out of your pocket. I guess it's money vs. freedom for you. My point is the government here is supposed to protect our Liberties not our lives. Every freedom that we give up is one less choice we have. It is a slippery slope, laws are fine until they encroach on something that you believe. Careful what you wish for. We could all have to wear bubble suits before long with that line of thinking.
Again wearing a helmet is a smart idea that I Choose to make. Cheers.
  • 7 3
 Judging by the photos on your profile, it doesn't look like you have that "smart idea" to wear a helmet.
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flag supercruizer1 (Dec 9, 2013 at 7:59) (Below Threshold)
 Thankfully I still have the freedom of choice, especially on my property.
  • 5 2
 In a city, cyclists tend to travel more quickly and take greater risks (i.e. diving in between buses and lorrys etc) than motorcyclists. Yet motorcyclists have to wear a helmet in the UK by law and are encouraged to wear leathers. So when you see couriers and commuters with no lights or helmets wearing all black at 7am mid winter in the rain, its quite hard not to think that attitudes towards road safety on bicycles does need to change. I'm not saying this is always the case, it's just from experience living in a city. And if you know the pain of losing someone to a road accident you'll understand why I care so much about it all!

@paulclarke you make a great point, it's such an unnecessary risk which is also pretty selfish. A helmet can make all the difference.
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 I find it quite telling that I am getting neg propped for being an advocate for freedom of choice. Tho given the current world climate not surprised.
Rich-Downhill28, I will have to kindly disagree with the statement " A helmet can make all the difference." As I too lost someone very close and he was wearing a helmet but to no avail. I do understand your passion, my sympathy to you for the loss. Again my only problem is with it as a law. Too each his own.
Cheers!
  • 9 3
 supercruizer1 I said that a helmet CAN make all the difference, not that it will make you invulnerable. My sympathy to you also. But a helmet can make a great deal of difference. I wouldn't ever ride DH or anything without one, so why ride along side massive buses and lorries without one? A helmet wont save you if you fall under the wheels of a bus, but if you're knocked off your bike and your head hits a car, or the kerb etc a helmet can make a big difference. It could be the difference between walking away with concussion or suffering all your life from a severe brain injury, or worse. That's what a helmet is for. Its foolish not to wear one.
  • 11 1
 Agreed foolish not to wear one.
  • 19 6
 @supercruizer - it always makes me laugh when Americans mention the importance of freedom, it is like a f*cking mantra. Yet there you are with the world's highest incarceration rate, the NSA spying on your every action & ever increasing government, police & homeland security powers. Land of the free? Really?

Anyway, back OT - I actually agree with your point. It should not be the law to wear a helmet on the road, it should be your choice. I choose to always wear one as it happens.
  • 4 5
 'freedom or death'
yea carry on not wearing that lid dude, fight an defend your right not to wear a lid
an then if the worst ever happens an your parents,wife and /or kids are putting you an your bike in the ground you might die happy that you lived free...........

I have a friend who nearly died,spent months in intensive care having a metal plate put in his skull....
cos his chain snapped
went OTB an head butted the floor
just riding along, no cars involved, no tricks, no mesing about

so yeah its your choice not to wear a lid but, is it the parents 'choice' to loose thier son? the kids thier father? etc etc

an yeah wearing a lid wont garuntee your safety but, lets face it... face planting without one is DEFINATLY gonna end up worse
it common fkcng sense
SO
'freedom or death?'
  • 11 3
 psyickphuk , Thank you for getting the point!! Thank you for proving my point. Highest incarceration rate due to stupid laws, NSA spying due to stupid law, increasing government power due to stupid laws. That has been my point the whole time. Laws don't always help…… I choose to stay off the roads with my bike, far too dangerous. btw I wish it were more peoples mantra.

nojzilla …. so should it be the governments responsibility or a parents if you choose to wear a helmet or not? It is a tragedy what happened to your friend and I truly hope he gets well soon.
Honestly I just want people to take responsibility for their own actions and realize there are consequences sometimes grave ones that can be easily avoided with common sense, no law required.
End of rant…...
  • 12 1
 Number one cause of head trauma: Automobile accidents. But you don't have to wear a helmet in a car.
  • 4 23
flag cscs59 (Dec 9, 2013 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 ^You sir, are an a*shole. I hope I see your jacked up teeth, fish n chip eating ass on the road so that I can teach you a lesson about wearing helmets. Murica
  • 10 0
 Troll......With an empty hook.
  • 3 0
 This discussion cuts close for me, last month I was hit by a coach on my way to school. As it happens I got lucky, he wasn't going fast and I got back up quickly, however, I took a big impact to the back of my head and I very much doubt I'd have been able to if it weren't for my helmet. As far as I'm concerned its stupid arguing for freedom against bike helmets, its hardly a big price to pay. Call me small minded if you want but I just don't understand how one can take that stand point, especially if you say you're pro helmet anyway.

That aside, the problem as I see it is simply a matter of attitude and education (or lack there-of), I see 'regulars' as it were when I cycle, motorist who consistently drive ignorantly and/or dangerously, and cyclists who I wouldn't trust not to hurt themselves in a padded room. Its truly shocking. This video makes an important point, other road users may be annoying, cyclists and motorists alike, but nothing can be more important than another human life.

Stay safe and ride happy guys.
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flag bigburd (Dec 9, 2013 at 11:34) (Below Threshold)
 Yes it should be law to wear a helmet , it should also be law to wear a high vis jacket.

And the freedom of choice argument is surely a joke ?

You want the freedom to smash your head into bits ? Why not just smash your head into a wall and get it over with ?
It's not like they would be denying you anything other than an avoidable death if made law.

And you admit your self it's foolish to not wear a helmet , and are obviously smart enough to see the risks and take the precaution of wearing a lid , but what about the seemingly growing amount of genetic throw back types in the world these days who don't have the foresight to see the risks ?

And what about the families of people that die from head trauma ? You are effectively taking away their choice to have you alive by having your freedom of choice in regards to safety gear,
  • 8 2
 I believe you may have missed my point….. Turn your emotions off first. Cheers!
  • 6 0
 It isn't illegal as an adult to ride without a helmet in Canada. People often complain helmets do nothing against fast moving cars, i agree, the real issue is the more common slow speed accident with a car tossing you helplessly headfirst into a curb or other hard object. Game over without a lid. Of course if we had separated lanes these accidents much less common.
  • 2 0
 @Rich downhill. Im sorry to hear that
  • 2 2
 Be quiet, Ayn Rand.
  • 3 0
 Sorry I wasn't born in Russia… LOL
  • 3 3
 I love these 'taking away my freedoms' arguments. No one is taking away you freedom. You have plenty of choices. If you want to ride a bike with no helmet you are free to do so, with no penalty, on your own property. So build your own trails or your own roads and and ride your bike on them.

If you want to use public roads for your travel or recreation then you follow the rules. Just like drivers have to wear seatbelts. You think it's only about your right but what happens when you get hit by a car and smash your head open and are seriously injured or die? Who's paying for the police that have to investigate your death? For the court system in which your dumb ass would likely sue the driver? For the emergency treatment and care that you might not be able to pay for?
  • 3 0
 "Dumb ass" wow that coming from someone who hasn't even bothered to read the initial post. Try again cowboy maybe you won't look so ignorant. Reading is fundamental!
  • 4 0
 I'll agree with you supercruzier1, not saying you shouldn't wear a helmet, you're an idiot if you don't, who cares about being"cool". But I believe it should be my choice if I want to wear one or not. Like you said, it's a slippery slope, give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile.
  • 1 0
 A number of my friends are still alive because of a helmet, one guy was knocked by a bus and hit his head square on the curb, he has a wife and 3 children. Wearing a helmet wasn't just about protecting himself, it was about protecting his family. Choosing not to wear one is selfish
  • 2 1
 My point is you always have a choice. If you don't want to wear a helmet, you can choose to ride on private property. When you are riding on someone else's property (including public roads) you follow their rules. Whistler bike park requires helmets, would you show up there whining about your 'freedoms' bring taken away? They would tell you to take a hike and build your own trails if you did, because they to an extent are liable for your safety while you are there, just like the government (taxpayers) is when you ride on public roads and property.
  • 2 1
 Nice video. I think I'm safer on the trails. I only started wearing a helmet after my first ride at Hartland, over 20 years ago. Won't ride without one. Won't ride with people who don't wear 'em. (It's my freedom to not be a first responder.)

We're all intelligent, rational beings with agency. I trust you'll choose correctly. Personally, I'll trust my rationale for wearing a helmet. F=ma deal with it.

"Freedom" arguments don't keep my brain cushioned from a force applied to my head.
  • 2 1
 Supercruizer,

There's a difference between freedom of choice and doing what will save you. You take an example, your friend who was wearing a helmet but to 'no avail' it did not save his life (rip). How could you possibly make a comparison or point out of that tragic example and advocate because it is my freedom of choice, helmets aren't ineffective and do not have to be worn. You're NOT comparing the 1,000,000's of people who wear a helmet and survive for that very reason. I know tons and tons of people who wear a helmet and it's saved their lives, when the helmet that is split down the middle, which would of been their skull had it not been for worn.

Your 'freedom' of choice is your idea of ignoring that a very simple safety device is actually helping people live. Helmet is not some government propaganda..it's like you have a technical choice to wear body armor in war, it will not save everyone, but why the hell wouldn't you wear one.
  • 3 0
 Wow plenty of response to my original comment. Most cases of head trauma are from driving a car. Automobile accidents not cars hitting bikes.
So I ask politely If the number one cause of head trauma is car accidents then why are you not wearing a helmet when you drive your car?
Does any one see the hypocrisy in telling me to wear a helmet when I ride my bike when you have the greatest chance of head trauma related accident while driving your car?
Where a helmet!
  • 1 0
 Air bags.
  • 1 0
 Air bags help.

Google: number one cause of head trauma. Automobile accidents.
Yet no one forces you to wear a helmet.
  • 3 1
 So what if drivers don't have to wear helmets? They have to wear seatbelts. Do you have to wear a seatbelt or helmet on your bicycle? Maybe you're confusing two different things.
  • 2 1
 @supercruizer yeah, that reverence for individual liberty at the cost of general-welfare has been working a treat for you guys over there...
  • 3 0
 Yeah real great….. Like I have said so many times, my issue is with making it a law, Not the wearing of the helmet.
I just can't seem to get people to look at it that way. Oh well….. When we relay on our governments to make laws over rational decisions, we are truly lost…
  • 2 0
 supercruizer1. Well said.
  • 1 2
 well said. He's talking absolute nonsense...
  • 1 0
 You are always free to be irrational. Does refusing a helmet serve your life? Answer to yourself because it is your mainly your own predicament. Of course you will be judged by peers and family on your answer, so if that matters to you then maybe you need to think about their wishes as well.
  • 1 2
 Save your self jklondon.
Be one with god. Eat healthy food. Are you over weight? go on a diet. Luv your neighbors. Give to charity. Open doors for the elderly. Make certain you look all around you before changing lanes. Please stop at red lights. Don't swear in public. Make shur you vote.
Oh where you helmet when you drive your car. What if you get in an accident? Don't you know that the number one cause of head trauma is automobile accidents!!!!!!!
What will your peers think?
  • 2 0
 When you become an adult maybe you'll understand.
  • 1 3
 Insults are so childish.
  • 36 0
 INFRASTRUCTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE. Road biking in the U.S. is unsafe because the roads are built for cars, not bicycles. (And hipsters running red lights on their fixies are not helping our cause.)
  • 8 0
 Exactly! My job requires me to drive all day long from city to city and boy do I get to see some dumb stuff going on. Just yesterday I saw exactly what you are talking about, 3 kids on their fixies jumping in front of cars to cross through a red light, a very busy red light, then traffic comes to a stop. Why? Because in a 50 mph area these three tards decide to ride side by side and talk. The major problem, imo, is common courtesy. Everyone is to important to be slowed by anyone else.
  • 3 1
 I completely agree. The U.S. lacks the infrastructure for safe cycling on most roads. I think the biggest reason for the lack of cycling infrastructure is because motorists fund the roads and cyclists don't. Federal and state fuel taxes as well as other fees that vehicles are assessed pay for the majority of roads. I imagine there are sources of funding that all tax payers pay, but everyone is assessed those taxes even if they don't drive or cycle, so I'm excluding those. Here is some food for thought (I know most people will hate it, I don't even like it) if motorists have to pay registration fees and buy insurance to legally use the road system shouldn't cyclists? I think if cyclists in U.S. cities proposed a plan like this they would be able to more effectively make the argument for building more infrastructure, because they would be helping fund the road system. While I completely agree with this video and I think it is a good thing, it's nothing that we all haven't heard before. In order to change the situation I don't think just talking about it will be enough, I think there needs to be more infrastructure. I would be interested to hear others opinion.
  • 3 0
 Lets get some facts straight. The vast majority of cyclists also own cars. I for one have two and I ride my bike or take a bus to work most days. So I believe I pay my fair share of the road cost without the added burden of a bicycle registration. I am also a property owner, so my property taxes also pay for that infrastructure. The problem is most of our roads were built with a car centric view point. It does not take much additional money to incorporate good bicycle design into new roads and that is where I am going to leave it.
  • 3 0
 Infrastructure is absolutely the issue here in the US, you look at countries like Denmark where far more people ride, far less with helmets, and their number of cycling related fatalities is lower then here in the US. Another missing piece is the penalties for drivers who kill, try to find even one case where the driver was sentenced to life in prison for vehicular manslaughter here in the US... you wont. Cyclists also need harsher scrutiny and enforcement, people should be getting more tickets for running reds, the road is meant to be shared and our ability to travel upon it is a privilege not a right, its EVERYBODY'S responsibility.
  • 11 0
 Why do people always assume that cyclists don't also own vehicles or pay their fair share??? I'm a cyclists and I also own a SUV, a car and a utility trailer that I pay annual license and registration fees on and plenty of gas taxes. I also own a home that I pay $5,000 a year taxes on. I believe I have funded plenty every year and have earned my right to "share-the-road" whether I choose to commute by bike or drive one of my vehicles...

Also, I have six bikes...two of which get used on the road...how would you monitor what "type" of bikes get taxed? Do you tax my road/commuter bike, but then I just hop on one of my mountain bikes and ride it instead? Do I get discounted licensing fees and insurance on my motor vehicles because I also commute by bike???

The state (Washington) also started charging fees to park at recreational trailheads. I pay annually for a pass to park at most popular trailheads to go mountain bike. I also pay Hancock Forest Management for an annual pass to mountain bike on their private property...

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES...FEES, FEES, FEES...I'm running out of money. Registration and Insurance on bicycles is NOT a solution to the problem. It will just give our government more money to WASTE...
  • 1 0
 Move to New Hampshire.
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 @ Aikow I agree that the problem is most of our roads were built with a car centric view point, that's well established. The results are way too many accidents and deaths, so let's talk solutions. How do we make our existing road system cyclist friendly? Widening roads? Adding bike paths separate from the road? Both of those solutions require money? So how do we fund that? Also just to clarify, I never meant that cyclists, such as myself, don't own vehicles. But, as a cyclist I don't pay for road maintence, as a motorist and property owner I do.

@ the303kid I agree with you. I think harsher penalties for both cyclists and motorists would act as a good deterrent and help people be more aware while using the roads. As for infrastructure being the problem, what do you think would be an appropriate way to fund the cost of making the roadway safer for cyclists?
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 @ gregcarmichael I'm guessing you meant that I was assuming that cyclists don't own vehicles or pay their fair share. I don't assume that cyclists don't own vehicles, but I do assume that we, as cyclists, don't fund the roads. I pay all the taxes and fees that you do, except for the Washington taxes to park and ride on private land. I also pay for a license to hunt, to fish, to get firewood, to camp in state owned campgrounds, to have a concealed carry permit, to register canoes, camp trailers and ATVs annually, and I'm sure there are more things that I'm forgetting. The point is, I don't enjoy paying any of the taxes or fees, but since I'm the one using them I should contribute, I don't feel entitled. I have never once paid a fee as cyclist to help fund the road system that I ride on. Have you? As a motorist yes, as a cyclist no, I haven't. People may say it's just semantics, but it's not. If the solution to curbing the amount of bike accidents and deaths is more bike lanes, then why should motorists or property owners be stuck footing the whole bill so we as cyclists can enjoy the road? To me it doesn't make sense. You said that registration and insurance isn't a way to help solve the problem, I don't know if it is either. How would you propose to fund adding bike lanes to the current infrastructure? Also I know that insurance wouldn't help fund the infrastructure, but I personally know of three separate cases locally in the past year where the cyclist broke the law and caused the accident with a vehicle. Guess who ended up paying for the vehicle to get repaired?
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 @bdborup funding is obviously a difficult issue as it is clear people hate more taxes. I've studied alternative transportation and walkability quite a bit in college and ultimately here in the US the bike will fall at the wayside due to our addiction to the personal automobile. Right now one system of funding being implemented in cities like Chicago is tax increment financing, basically in this system buildings located along bicycle friendly routes or green lanes are subject to tax increases due to the infrastructure improvements in front of their spaces. The thought is, the businesses occupying this area will willingly pay this tax increase because of the increased business that they receive from the bicycle traffic (BIKE LANES DO INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE). Culture is the missing link though, cities are and will receive these benefits of bike lanes much faster because the dense setting simply isn't conducive to automobiles. We need to break down perceptions that cycling is dangerous, more riders on the road is what is needed most. There are some interesting studies that pretty strongly indicate that in places where people do not where helmets when bicycle commuting, more people ride because it is not viewed as a dangerous activity. There are many steps unfortunately I don't see the United States becoming a nation of bicycle commuters anytime soon and until that happens our roads will not be safe.
  • 2 0
 Down where I live most of the city has "bike lanes" and I see drivers driving in them to avoid manholes and as there personal turning lane and I have had several cars almost hit me. And downtown there are signs posted that cyclists have the right to the whole lane but it still doesn't stop drivers from hitting cyclists
  • 26 0
 It's just a shame that the people who need to see this video, won't.
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 share this in whatever social media you use. even if it means sharing it in person
  • 16 4
 I am a cyclist and yet I never commute, I used to commute to school and I have been hit by cars on two occasions, so I understand this video 100% BUT I can't help but say I don't think it's 'cyclists' who are the issue, it's 'commuters'? I think car drivers like myself become irritated at some of the 'commuters' poor scence of there surroundings and ignorance on the road, this may not be the case world wide but it's safe to say commuters who probably don't pursue 'cycling' as a hobby are less confident and make themselves hazardous on the roads. Obviously it's not good when people suffer injuries or death, yet I do think coming from both sides of the arguement... It does work both ways...
  • 17 3
 I agree, but i think we live in fifferent worlds. in my town bike commuters are the most disrespectful users of traffic. They ignore rules of traffic and the laws of physics. They are rude to each other and NEVER stop to let pedestrians through. The worst ones are those "elite commuters", guys with 5 headlamps, perfect all weather outfit, always racing and intimidting other cyclists. Instead if using handlebars and brakes they prefer the ring bell, shouting and waving. That happens because cyclists have the political correction on their side, everyone should kiss their balls for saving the planet by cycling to work.
  • 10 6
 A lot of people ask for trouble when riding on the road. Riding 4' from the kerb, side by side and In groups is plain stupid. I know when I end up on the road I keep as far out of the motorists way as possible.
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 You are actually better to ride two abreast and to ascert yourself in traffic, drivers are forced to slow down and it's harder for them to try a danger overtaking move.
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 I have no problems with the two-abreast method in some situations, say in towns or busy roads where the traffic isn't moving freely. However, when the road opens and there is a car behind you that wishes to overtake, move into line astern and give them a safe passing opportunity.
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flag choppertank3e (Dec 9, 2013 at 3:31) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah I hate roadies who think they have the same right to space as a car and stop at lights and stuff. I mean I am very reckless on the road. I skitch trucks and ride the wrong way so I can see the car that is going to try to run me over. I give way to cars though cause they are bigger and when one is passing I ride as close to the kerb as possible or ride on the foot path if there is one. I never stop for lights unless I have to and often cut catacorner across intersections when the lights are green for turning traffic. I never make a car wait for me even if it means losing momentum. Never give the bastards the chance to run me over. I break lots of road rules but, I treat cars as what they are. THE MUCH MORE POWERFUL ENEMY. The only time I ever got tapped by a car was when I was sessioning a jump whose landing was in the road (dumbass). I never wear a helmet or use a riding light either even though both are mandatory where I currently live. I don't suggest riding as recklessly as I do but, the fact that I have not died yet is due to my respect, not for the road rules but for the danger that cars and trucks present. Ride defensively
  • 17 1
 choppertank3e - you are exactly the type of road user that everyone (including other cyclists) hates. The fact that you have not died yet is due to your respect? my ass it is.
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 If you ride two abreast people are more likely to get pissed off that you're riding like that, and then try a dangerous over taking move vs when they just over take a single bike that's not in the way too much. If you ride side by side it's just a matter of time before you meet the wrong driver.
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 Here here LeeroyJenkins. choppertank3e you are a moron!!! Nuff said!!!
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 It's about educating motorists and not bowing down to them. As this video says, everyone knows a cyclist, so is likely to realise they can take 30 seconds longer to take a safe overtake because other drivers are doing the same of their friends, loved ones...
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 Cannot actually believe what goes on in some people's heads when they try and talk about cycling on the road. 'choppertank3e's comment there just shows how brainless and stupid some people can be, and the government are left wondering why people are dying. There is a law that i'm sure most of you have seen that actually states that road cyclists are legally allowed to cycle 2 abreast on main roads:
ukcyclelaws.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-laws-according-to-highway-code.html?m=1
I think I speak for just about every 'normal' person here when I say, I just hope for our younger generations sake that we start to enforce more training and laws on cycling when on the road. Especially when it comes to bright lights, clothing and helmets for your bike.
Stay Safe!
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 I find it quite heart warming to read to so many comments filled with common sense. It is very rare to see people reacting in a way: is there anything I can do about it?, maybe my behaviour is also a part of the problem? Cyclists and commuters in my tend to fall into this pussy hole where they say that cars are bigger and it is them that should pay more attention, the weaker should have more rights. They fall into "authorities should do this and that to protect us", they always point fingers away saying somebody should do something because I pay taxes. You guys should see how much Swedish commuters whine on potholes and water pools on cycling paths when in most parts of the world there are no bike paths at all. The way I look at it is that it is me who is smaller and therefore it is me who should pay more attention. It is cheaper for the society if every single person gives a bit more effort to stay safe and keep others safe.

At the same time I am fully aware of messed up motorists, in my town Taxis, delivery trucks, SUV and wank quasi sport cars are the ones to watch out for and always assume they won't watch for cyclists.
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 If I were to ride side by side with you then you can ride on the outside.
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 For once, Waki, I can applaud you.
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 LindLTaylor - thank you, sorry for pushing ot but was it a Slow clap or golf clap?
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 Golf clap.
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 WAKI, I too am in awe.. I agree with you! Wink You're right about it being our jobs to own up to our own responsibilities. It's not about riding two abreast on a busy road without a bike lane, just so we can have a chat. It's about staying safe. It's about wearing helmets not because it's the law, but because we GIVE A SHIT ABOUT OUR BRAINS! It's about creating respectful generations of future cyclists and drivers alike, where compassion and courtesy come first, not a 'me first' or 'gimme gimme' entitlement attitude. It's about holding each other responsible, whether we're carpooling together or out on a training ride -- if your buddy is being a jerk, as a friend, a fellow cyclist/driver, as a HUMAN, it's our job to hold each other responsible and set better examples. When we fail, we need to own up to it and really try to be better. We need less overpaid senators and congressmen and more bike lanes and awareness campaigns. We need mommies and daddies and friends to sit down and explain the importance of RESPECT. Respect for another human. Respect for the fact that one person isn't the end-all, be-all and that your schedule isn't as important as someone else's life. We need to elevate our thinking, and elevate our actions. The world is waiting.
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 To the cyclist who got mad at me a couple months back for passing too close in traffic; I'm sorry, you were right and I was wrong. I will never do that again.
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 As a BC motorist you are not allowed to come within one metre of a cyclist, I mtn bike and commute to work all year round and for work I drive a 43 tonne mixer. (so yeah both sides) A couple of summer's ago one of our driver's ran over a cyclist without a helmet, turn's out he was a bike mechanic on his way to work.......I have only been hit by a car three times all while riding on the road, I quit riding for years, then I discover this thing called mountain biking, I'll take my chances with the bears...
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 Amen dude! It boggles my mind why people choose to go out on the busiest days of the year and ride in pack of 10 on the side of the highway. Many areas which they choose to ride near my house are single lane highways as well and there isnt really alot of shoulder to ride on. I cant understand why they dont choose to ride the back roads which are also paved and have considerably less traffic but then again I dont get why they ride road bikes....

Keep the bike in the mountainsSmile We are privileged to have an extensive amount of trails in this country and I intend on exploring as many as I can!

Plus you can carry wayyyyyy more beer when you drive to the trailhead Smile
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 Absolutely! After being hit TWICE by a car, I decided it was safer to race DH amongst objects that don't move and that aren't talking on their phones/eating/spilling coffee/fixing their face... And least rocks don't have engines! Smile
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 I feel very fortunate to live in Sweden where we have plenty of cycling paths and at least in the centre motorists seem to respect cyclists a lot. At the same time I wish more people on two wheels felt this way because it is them being disredpectful.
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 I commute everyday. I've been riding for over 20 yrs. Rain, snow, wind, blowiing duststorms. If I can swing my leg over and ride that is what makes me happy. I will ride for rest of my life. I will ride for those who are cant ride, and I give much love and respect to those that have been killed due to auto accidents
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 A while back, I rode my downhill bike from my sister`s house back to mine, about 18 miles, on the road. What I noticed, I was the only bike that stopped at the stop signs and signals. It was hard to believe that some of the bikers didn`t even slow down. I also noticed that when there were designated bike paths off the road, paved even, I was the only bike that used them and I could see other bikers still using the busy road. Common sense and respect says a lot
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 > I also noticed that when there were designated bike paths off the road, paved even, I was the only bike that used them and I could see other bikers still using the busy road.

To be honest, where I am sometimes a DH bike is all that can cope with the surface of those paths...
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 Dear motorist: I only go as fast as my legs allow me to, I have no engine - but you have and making up the time 'wasted' on driving behind me where it wasn't safe to overtake me is efforless.
Dear lorry driver: imagine that this long trailer behind you is going with you when you're changing the lane back after overtaking me like a mad man (as if delivering those cakes at the back of your trailer on time was worth more than my life and your time spent in jail for killing me) - give it a bit more time to overtake me as well.
I've came across too many idiot drivers, I'm not confident enough to ride on the road anymore. So I use pavements where I'm being bitched out by pedestrians for the sake of it, even though I never get into their way..

It is a hard job to be a cycle commuter nowadays no matter how rules-abiding you are...
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 very interesting video, made in Utah where the drivers are the most out to lunch. Its legal to phone, and drive, and text and drive as well still, and people do those things ALOT!! Not to mention the roads are loaded with oversize SUVs with housewives driving that are paying attention to whats going on the car, not out on the road!! All drivers need to pay attention!
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 It's actually not legal to text and drive here... Just FYI. However, you're right about them being the most careless, ignorant, inconsiderate idiots on the road. But there are also a ton of cyclists here that refuse to learn cycling laws or ride safely, especially on busy highways.
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 What I find really amazing is how here where I go to college (Rexburg, ID) a pedestrian can be fined $75 for texting while crossing the road or while on the sidewalk, as well as getting an even bigger fine for jaywalking. I'm glad that we have those laws, but it awes me that we need to have those laws made.

But yeah, Utah drivers. They scare the living crap out of me.
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 Dear Motorists of California that dont follow the new 3ft of space law, f*ck you
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 Yeah, no kidding! I was doored last night on my way home. Some jackoff buzzed by me with inches to spare, so I moved closer to the parked cars on the side of the road. At that instant, a woman opened the door of one of those parked cars. I smashed into the door, and then onto the ground. My front wheel is a taco, but I escaped with minor cuts and contusions. I sure am fortunate that the wheel took the brunt of the force. I'm also glad I had my helmet on. The lady could have cared less that I was hurt. She just said, "I just bought this car. $hit." Not even a shred of sympathy or an apology. After walking a mile towards home (5 more to go), a gentleman in a Tacoma offered to give me a lift. He was a righteous dude. I'm picking up a new wheel today, and I'll be back on the steed tomorrow. I wish my commute could be accomplished on dirt.
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 Dear Cyclists, I am a motorsport enthusiast, a rider and a racer in both worlds. Please respect the BIKE lane vs the high way. And PLEASE have your lights on at night. Please wear reflective clothing during dusk or risky times of the day. I cannot see you all the time. Please do not dart out of ally ways into the road or try to make that last second choice to see if you can 'beat me' across the road. I may have four pot brakes on a sub 2000lb car, but that does not mean that I can stop in less than half a second. Please pay attention at stop lights as if I am turning, you know that I have a blind spot and you can stop faster than I can. Please do not use this to your advantage for youtube page hits if you are in the wrong. As a motorist, I will do my best to watch out for you, yield for you, give you both sides of the road and put myself into safely into the oncoming traffic lane when passing when I'm out driving if I can. But as the cyclist, realize you have the more mobile vehicle and are in a dangerous situation yourself. One of which, I do not want you in, in the first place. Please respect the road, do not ride in the middle of it. And most of all, Take out your ear buds and please be aware of your surroundings. -Joe Car Enthusiast
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 please respect that it is often a matter of safety for cyclists to occupy the middle of the road like when passing parked vehicles or approaching junctions or avoiding bad road surfaces & drain covers which motorists are completely unaware of or when cycling adjacent to busy high streets with high volume of pedestrians or when passing cars waiting to pull out from side streets it is NOT SAFE to pass close to the front bumper.
90% of cyclists abide by the laws & are attentintive 90% pedestrians sleepwalking or looking at phone 90% of motorists are frustrated sitting in traffic and dont give a $hi# about other road users (in london anyhow).
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 i know now how dangerous cars can be ive been hitted by a car. she restarted or didnt really stop she was maybe driving 10 kmph or 6 mph, and stopped inmeddiatley when she hit me, i had something in my hand and didnt know what to do other then letting me fall strait on my head, broken skull 2 places blood in my head, almost died that day and it will never be the same. luckenly enough i am still alive, sending all my courage to the people lost their loved ones, its a shame
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 as a keen cyclist im generally on the cyclists side and can relate to what others have been saying, however when there are road races on unclosed roads I think its just stupid. the racers are racing so will not be thinking about making it easier for other road users so basically just take up the entire lane therefore making motorists make bad decisions as to when to overtake.
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 despite popular belief... theres only two types of road user. nice people and assholes weather you are a cyclist,pedestrian van driver, taxi driver male, fe'male, lorry driver, commuter you are either a nice person or an asshole nice peeps are pretty much nice through out thier lives an assholes the same so with this in mind I just DO NOT commute by bike any more! even a ride to the skate park is life threatening I've had enough experience of flying over car bonnets an also very lucky escapes to know that one one day i was gonna meet that one asshole that was gonna put me in the ground so I gave up, I would sooner ride the Rampage course with a blind fold that ride on roads with cars its just not fkng worth dying for
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 As a cyclist of most disciplines and as gear head i have a good understanding from both sides. But, i have been hit on more than a dozen occasions from slow to sent me to the hospital. So needless to say i think motorists may be in yhe wrong more than not.
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 6 cyclists killed in London, England in the past 6 weeks

its a bigger debate / problem than blaming one group or the other

heavy goods vehicle, public transport vehicle, white van driver, private motorists, cyclists, equestrians, pedestrians - we all have our part to play in making the cities safer for everyone to use

see a lot of stupid behaviour from all groups in London at the moment because there is:

-a real lack of Policing due to budget cutbacks

-aggressive motoring culture

-a big increase in commuters moving off overpriced and overcrowded public transport onto bicycles, without understanding 'cyclecraft' and the highway code (red lights, pavements, one-way streets, etc.) when commuting by bicycle

currently? I find other inexperienced cyclists ignoring the highway code and 'zombie' pedestrians (using smartphone) more dangerous than motor vehicles in London as the motor vehicles tend to be slow moving due to congestion

this does not mean I blame all cyclists or pedestrians but recognize there is a real need for education and enforcement on UK roads
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 100% right, I am not a roady myself but I still see so many stupid acts of mindless dangerous behaviour by all parties

I believe eduction is a good start to solving the problem we face in England, Cyclist should be tested on theory and practical the same as any only road user
Drivers of ANY vehicles should need to know so much more for their theory test, which when I took I found a joke

These deaths are needless and should have never happened!!
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 @hazman975

I had a road traffic accident a few weeks ago on my road bike, after a white van driver pulled off the kerb without looking, just as I was moving to overtake a stationary bus.

I ended up in A&E with a plaster cast and a splint for several weeks, still recovering, kinda lucky really all things considering it could have been much worse!

www.pinkbike.com/photo/10354877

Something I have noticed the fast few weeks as I have been walking or using buses to get to work in London (instead of cycling) is just how many cyclists pay no attention to the highway code. I can stop at a road traffic junction for several minutes, watch what is going on, and am saddened how many cyclists will jump the red lights, ride up onto the pavement to get around a red light, or are riding the wrong way up one-way streets.

Doing stupid things on bike dramatically increases the likelihood of being involved in an RTC, and also really p*sses off other road users who tend to already group all cyclists together as lawless
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 I like this Dear Motorist Campaign because it makes everyone part of the solution. We as cyclist need to respect the laws and be more defensive. Motorist need to pay closer attention and not let the minor inconveniences cyclist pose be an excuse to endanger peoples lives. @hampsteadbandit and hazman975, i totally agree that a key part of reducing accidents and fatalities for cyclists is better education of both for they motorists and the cyclist. Its been a while since i took the test for my license but i don't think there was any education on what rights and responsibilities cyclists have and how to interact safely with cyclists. I've been yelled at by a motorist (more than once) who told me it was illegal for me to be on the road and to get on the side walk (which is actually illegal). When you add ignorance fueling anger it makes the situation that much more dangerous. And law enforcement doesn't even know the laws for cyclist on the road. This idiot cop gives a guy a ticket for not riding in the bike lane when it was clearly obstructed and unsafe (and there also in no law requiring a cyclist to always be in the bike lane. INSANE. www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Ui21AmA3M
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 nobody ever died going the wrong way up a one way street or jumping a red light at a pedestrain crossing half the time there are no cars on these streets or a pedestrian within 50 yards of the crossing. in london many one way streets permit cyclists but often there is little signage for motorist ajoining a one wat to be aware of cyclists approaching fom both ways they see the right or left turn only at the end of a street & look only one way - ive seen so many near misses as motorists dont always come to a stop at these junctions.
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 Stay off road if you can.
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 Over the years I have found the safest way to commute by bike and have a more enjoyable experience is to choose routes that avoid "sharing the road" with vehicles. First choice is bike/recreational paths. Second choice is roads with designated bike lane or wide shoulder. Third choice (and only if no other option exist) I will "share-the-road" with vehicles. This sometimes adds 5-10 extra miles to a road ride or commute, but its the safest and most enjoyable way I have found to commute by bike.
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 I'm a mtbiker but have on ocasion ridden on the road. I already that road riding can be quite dangerous. I think more cycle lanes are necessary in urban areas. Ofcourse, when cycling further away mutual respect is necessary.
I also drive (so I get to see both sides) and it really pisses me off when roadies ride in a peleton as if they are doing a freaking tour! If you want fellow motorized vehicles to respect you you must also respect them and ride in single file when cars want to overtake you! I have never seen mtbikers do that when they are riding on the road to get to the trail...
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 Respect the driver, respect the cyclist, respect the rules of the road, understand the laws of physics.
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 I dont road bike but I cant imagine being terrified to the point of not being able to get on my dh steed and go ride my favorite trail. The worst part is its a problem that is mostly out of the riders hands, if they are riding safe and obeying traffic laws. It shouldnt be a gamble of life or death to go get a few miles in. Great video and spread the message!
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 Well I'm gonna piss a lot of people off with this comment, but as a dh rider I would say the problem is cyclists insisting to ride where they shouldn't, and refusing to accept the simplest solution, stop riding in traffic. I don't understand why people enjoy commuting to work on bicycles. Dodging traffic, having sleepy commuters buzz by you, choking on exhaust fumes, do you really love cycling so blindly that this is fun? I love riding motorcycles. Commuting to work on one ruined that sport for me, from beautiful relaxing sunday morning riding, to dirty, cold, stressful commuting to my job.

Cyclists, I challenge you to exercise common sense and restraint. You can ride wherever there is a paved road. You know you will never change all the motorists perceptions. As a motorcyclist I have been down the same road and it is not worth it. There will always be distracted drivers, teens staring at their cell phones instead of the road. Women doing makeup while driving, men drinking coffee and reading the paper. People driving with their dogs in their lap and yelling at their kids in the back seat.

I challenge you to find safer roads to ride, ones with little traffic, a wide shoulder, and little debris. Share these with your friends and fellow riders, make a map of them online. I challenge you to love your hobby so much, you are willing to drive several hours away just to ride in a safe spot, like I do with my dirt bikes. To give up riding to work in rush hour traffic, where you know you are pissing people off and riding on borrowed time. There needs to be a compromise, but riding several abreast and holding up traffic, causing road rage, this is putting your lives on the line to try and fight a stupid cause.

Seriously, I hope you guys use some common sense, if you are really worried about your safety and not just winning an argument of us VS them. This mentality will get you nowhere.
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 So instead of improving conditions by asking everyone to be part of the solution, your solution for cyclist who are subjected to dangerous conditions is remove them from the equation? That's not a solution, that's giving up. Do you feel the same way when trail use conflicts come up? That mountain bikers should just stay off the trails? I didn't think so.

PS. there are some people who can't just choose to drive everywhere because they don't have a car and cycling is their only mode of transportation. But maybe your solution is that they should just walk everywhere, or just not go places.
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 Common sense would be to enforce the law. Cars are dangerous things, and should not be operated by distracted people, or people who are incapable of interacting lawfully with the rest of traffic. Where I live, riding is rush hour is easier than most other times. The fools in their cars are at a dead stop. It takes a certain kind of mental illness to commute by car in Los Angeles on a daily basis.
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 I'm saying that this video is noble but it's not going to be effective. Cyclists will watch it and agree, motorists will watch it and not care. Sure laws exist but they will never completely eliminate the problem. How long have speeding laws been in existance? Do people still speed?

There only real solutions are to convince your local politicians to open up more bicycle lanes, or to avoid riding in these dangerous areas where you know you're at risk. Trail conflicts are a different matter altogether. I won't even get into that.

What I'm trying to convey is that this attitude of cyclists vs motorists will get nowhere. You can't fight the stupidity or indifference of drivers. As long as people drive they way they do (like asshats) then there is no safe way for people to ride in traffic. You can't change human nature, you might as well try starting a campaign to ban hateful and dumb comments on youtube.

Look at it this way, I don't like crime. I want to live in a safe city. But I don't go alone into the ghetto at night, wearing expensive clothes and jewelry, and declaring "I am somebody's son, I am a human being, I have children, I deserve to be able to safely walk down a public street." This is what you guys are doing. It's not the right way to affect change, and being stubborn about it is putting your own life on the line.

You call it giving up. But why can't road cyclists ride backroads with less traffic? Why can't they stick to paved biking trails? Plenty of other enthusiasts groups like motorcyclists and sports car owners seem to find these roads just fine. Where they can do their thing outside of the public eye and away from traffic.
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 I can see both sides of the argument, some motorists take stupid risks and pass cyclists far too close, but on the same hand there are many careful motorists, but unfortunately none of these motorists have eyes in the back of their heads, cyclists often bring things on themselves, inadequate lights, no helmet, wearing dark clothing at night, riding up the inside of vehicles, running red lights etc etc. I think the motorists are often victims too, how is it going to effect someone if your actions cause them to crash into you, kill you or injure you, its going to wreck their lives and probably give them a nervous breakdown, not to mention the nightmare it will cause with insurance costs etc. So motorists should be careful and vigilant I agree, but cyclists need to be too, and they need to be more aware of their actions and their consequences just as much as the motorist should. By a cyclist and a motorist.
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 great video... sometimes, it's hard for a motorist to understand that, most of the ciclists, are also motorists... It's a shame to say that I feel much safer doing some downhill or freeriding than commuting to work everyday.
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 I choose 20 years ago to commute full time by pedal power. Motorist and cyclist need to respect each other...........Motorist need to respect the other motorist. I assume that not a single motorist can see me. They are not looking out for me. Im just in the way. I luv the freedom of my bike. Cars kill. No the people in the cars kill. Roads are death traps.
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 And what about cyclists who don't give a f*ck to rules of the road ??? Who don't stop at redlight ? Overtake by both side in trafic ?
I study in a big city and a lot of cyclists ride very badly.
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 PinkBike, I see that you a sponsor for this video. Nice work on such a positive program. My question is for the BC office of PinkBike. Is there any effort to get ICBC to air this video on the local television networks, or for new drivers to watch this during their training or license registration?
Fantastic, thanks.
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 Whether or not you have positive or negative comments I think respectand responsibility is the most important message of this video. I dont ride a road bike or bike on the street, but when im driving with my DH bike in the back or not I make sure to watch out for them regardles of how fast I'm going or where I need to be. Lets all be adults about this and appreciate the message.
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 this vid should be shown on national tv channels throughout the world imo, and as for wearing a helmet, if you haven't got any brains worth saving then don't wear one, simple.
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 I've been riding for a long time, and have had no issues with cars: until last year. I was hit twice! Thankfully, in both cases, the incidents were slow'ish speed, and I only sustained some bumps and bruises, and a destroyed bike in the first altercation. In both cases I was not even close to being at fault. In both cases the drivers were not paying attention. I try to do my best to be aware that often drivers don't see me, I try even more so now.

A good pal of mine was not so lucky. Thankfully he wasn't killed, but he's been off his bike for over 5 months now. That after having ridden a bike every day for over 400 days! He has lost his motivation now to get back on the bike, and it makes me super sad. He's one of the funnest, raddest guys to ride with.

Be careful out there riders, and when we're behind the wheel, let's be sure we're super cautious of our fellow cyclist!
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 PS I'd like to pledge, but, their site only accepts US ZIP codes? Frown
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 Get your friend a mountain bike! I converted and I'm never going back to road riding again.
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 He has more bikes then you - he's industry.
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 And that is relevant because?....
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 You said "Get your friend a mountain bike!" He has many...
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 Ah cause here I thought we were talking about a road bikers peril. Sorry about the loss of a riding buddy. \ Assumption makes an "as$" out of "u" and "me"
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 All good, all good.
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 I spend about equal time on both sides of the line because I like to commute on my bike when the weather is nice (but screw that if it's pissing rain!), and this video echoes the thoughts I've been experiencing since I began cycling on the roads. However, as much as I can relate and I would like to agree with it, the line in the video that suggests cyclists will ride in the safest route for themselves is often not the case. Obviously a good chunk of us have the respect in this situation, but even living in a bike conscious city like Vancouver, I see so many idiots on bikes making reckless decisions and riding in sections of road where they don't belong. It's hard to fight a case for safe bike lanes when people ignore the ones that exist already. The message of respect really needs to spread to both cyclists and motorists. That said, I think this video really does spread the right message and is a step in the right direction!
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 Easy to blame the drivers atention, easy to say. i killed two ladies, cpedestrians on the highway 2 years ago and will have to live with that, I feel that someone from their family could stabb me in the back at anytime, cars are trully weapons.
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 Nothing on a trail has ever scared me more than the thought of riding with cars on the road. Cars win everytime! The casualties are ever mounting, horrific and devastating. I have experienced this personally like too many others. I choose dirt and encourage others to do the same. Just playing the odds here. As far as helmets/protective gear, only protect what you plan to keep. Utmost safety to ALL and to a world where wanting to ride your bike down tve street won't be life threatening. Ride for your soul and ride to ride another day.
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 Dear Cyclists, I am a motorsport enthusiast, a rider and a racer in both worlds. Please respect the BIKE lane vs the high way. And PLEASE have your lights on at night. Please wear reflective clothing during dusk or risky times of the day. I cannot see you all the time. Please do not dart out of ally ways into the road or try to make that last second choice to see if you can 'beat me' across the road. I may have four pot brakes on a sub 2000lb car, but that does not mean that I can stop in less than half a second. Please pay attention at stop lights as if I am turning, you know that I have a blind spot and you can stop faster than I can. Please do not use this to your advantage for youtube page hits if you are in the wrong. As a motorist, I will do my best to watch out for you, yield for you, give you both sides of the road and put myself into safely into the oncoming traffic lane when passing when I'm out driving if I can. But as the cyclist, realize you have the more mobile vehicle and are in a dangerous situation yourself. One of which, I do not want you in, in the first place. Please respect the road, do not ride in the middle of it. And most of all, Take out your ear buds and please be aware of your surroundings. -Joe Car Enthusiast
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 I visit my cousins in Germany quite frequently and I have noticed there is a separate " highway" for bikes and pedestrians. Not this 3 ft wide "sidewalk" b.s. Only in the immediate town is there a sidewalk. And even then I could drive a vw bus on it. Plenty of room for every body. Then again... It is Germany, land of Efficiency and progress.
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 Idiots come in many forms. There are idiot drivers, idiot cyclists, and idiot pedestrians. An idiot is an idiot is an idiot.

"Staying out of the way" as an absolute rule is a bad idea. In Toronto, a lot of our roads are in pretty rough shape. This means that riding right next to the curb you will have to swerve out into traffic to avoid potholes, etc. "Hold your line" applies on the road just as much as anywhere else. I stay to the side when conditions allow, but have no qualms about taking up more space when necessary. Be assertive, signal your actions, and stay alert to what's happening around you.

Ultimately I can't help but feel that infrastructure should favour cyclists and pedestrians over drivers. The drawback of having less car infrastructure is a certain amount of delay and inconvenience for drivers, while the drawback of less pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure is the ongoing threat to the personal safety of human beings. There is no comparison.
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 From reading all these comments and from what I have experienced myself, it seems that the problem (in many places around the world) is that a lot of people are only concerned about themselves. Not everyone, mind you, but a lot. Be they a cyclist, motorist, pedestrian, or any other commuter/traveler, they are concerned about what they are doing and where they are going and no one around them. This applies to motorists on motorists, cyclists on cyclists, pedestrians on pedestrians, and any other combination of the three.
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 last year I was travelling behind a Semi - B double, it suddenly moved to the centre lane, the car in that lane also moved to the next lane to avoid being hit by the truck, the car on the outside lane had no where to go but into oncoming traffic, it slammed head on onto the traffic coming from the other direction, there was a cyclist in the left hand lane on a very busy main road with traffic doing about 60km/hr. The footpath is there to be used not only by pedestrians but by cyclists was well. I see groups of riders 3, 4 abreast on the road, which is unnecessary. Almost everyday I hear on the radio about another cyclist hit by a car, the problem is that in heavy traffic you don't expect to come around a bend and see one, its often too late to hit the brakes. Here in QLD Australia. we have many bikeways that have been built for riders only, you can actually travel from the suburbs to the city and back out again without going near a main road, yet there are still so many cyclists on main roads. I've been told I'm nuts for riding down the side of a mountain at speed with trees inches from my bars, but I reckon road cyclists are crazier than I. Every time you hop on the bike, bush or tarmac you take a risk, the outcome is your responsibility, no one else's. Take care and ride safe.
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 I may be alone on this one, and don't go thinking I go LOOKING to give road cyclists/cycling commuters trouble, but quite frankly, I think that most road cyclists are douches. They bitch and moan about how they want to be treated as vehicles. Tell ya what roadies, you want to be treated like a vehicle? Then act like one. STOP at stop signs. Signal your turns. Wait your turn in line at an intersection rather than weaving through cars between lanes.

Respect - Give it. Get it.
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 is there a pedestrians equivelent to pinkbike??? it would make more sense to post this there but anyways,

when i ride in the city of london its now become instinctive reaction to brace myself to impact & maintain direction when a pedestrain steps out into the road without looking instead of steering to avoid & getting hit by a car.
I can tell you now from experience cars are hell of a lot more painful than pedestrians not to mention the agony of destroying a beautiful bike I built.

Always use the green cross code!!
find a safe place to cross away from parked cars,
look both ways & when you feel its safe to do so walk across DON'T RUN
keep looking both ways until you reach the other side.
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 So, to sum up the comments so far, it's not cyclists, it's the commuters. Everyone else is beyond reproach, but cycle commuters are from the sixth circle of hell sent to torment all other road users. Nice to know how I am perceived by other, more righteous, cyclists. So much for solidarity.
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 Cars hate cyclist even if you (the biker) follow the rules your still in the wrong...

If you bike everyday to get from point A to B you get hit 2-5 times a day pretty much get ready to get yelled or ready to fist it out because people are crazy now a days.
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 Great, great video. I usually dont annoy my friends on Facebook with things like this, but this, this is important for them to hear. Thanks
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 I noticed I feel much safer on a muddy 30° slope than in a city
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 Stop telling cyclists to be careful of cars .... Stop telling cars to be careful of cyclists .... Start telling your local authorities to spend some of our road tax money on building off-road cycle routes !!!
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 A+ on this video this really opens every ones eyes about bikes I love to ride its my life RESPECT!!!!!!!
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 Cyclist run down and killed by on-duty LA Sheriff's Deputy yesterday. Cyclist in bike lane, deputy not exceeding speed limit. Holy crap.
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 That's why I believe there should be more cycle lanes for commuters who use bikes to get to work, the road planners are idiots in this country "UK". I ride to work down one of the most busiest roads in my town and fair play they have widened the pavement and split it for walkers on one side and cyclists the other, so there is a raised curb between you and the road, the problem is they did this at the widest part of the main road, then stopped the cycle lane and the pavement reverted back to a narrow width at the point the main road narrowed!!!!
But to make it worst they allow people to park down one side of the road??? which makes the road narrower again!!!!
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 gotta agree cycle lanes are terrible in the uk
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 how fast you think a car needs to travel to kill a cyclist??
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 got fuck all to do with speed if you head gets rolled over by the wheels of a vehical, as that's what happened to my college lecture many years ago, and yeah he was wearing a helmet.
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 Meanwhile in South Australia: goo.gl/7TEsbL
Unfortunately it's not unique: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapunda_Road_Royal_Commission
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 The is an awesome video with an eloquently stated and important message. Thank you for posting it.
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 thats why i love the mountains! them trees aren't as fast as those cars!
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 They still hurt like a mother f#cker though
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 Dear Cyclist, I'm a motorist who also cycles but not on roads with cars, other cyclist and pedestrians.
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 Well ride a real bike on a mountain and there are less cars there.
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 There are no backflips in this video, there i said it
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 Respect
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 well done!!
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