camera needed? 2 near misses in 48hours.
Why the camera? If you want your relatives to be able to write “He had right of way, he was in Primary!” on your headstone, it will certainly provide that evidence. If it’s for retribution, a D lock against a car panel is quicker and more effective, but no matter how big and fast you are, there will always be an annoyed driver around who’s bigger, faster, angrier and stupider. You could of course use a camera to analyse your riding to see how to avoid these comings together.Posted 3 years agocbikeMember
Plan ahead to avoid it it in the first place. Don’t get stressed if something does happen. Control the space around you. It can be quite subtle but effective. I mix up the slow cycling wobble and cyclecraft etiquette depending where I am.
Go mental if justified though.Posted 3 years agozilog6128Subscriber
**** all wrong with my riding. I keep 8 inches away from drains.
Difficult to say without seeing the road but is taking primary position an option? Certainly sounds like it would have helped with case 2. It’s something I do all the time when there’s oncoming traffic and I think someone is likely to try to do a dangerous overtake. Occasionally you get a frustrated beep but this just confirms to me I did the right thing as they were definitely going to try the overtake otherwise.
Change your commute route. Avoid that road(s).
I have done this in the past in areas where I’ve experienced a lot of twattish driving/near misses. The extra travel time is worth it for the decrease in stress/increase in safety.
Camera achieves nothing.
I don’t think cameras are pointless – there are posts on here all the time where people have actually been hit but been denied or had to fight for an acceptable insurance payout which a camera would simplify. But will they make you safer? As above, no.Posted 3 years ago
Been commuting now for nearly 3 months and was loving it. 2 days ago someone tried to beat me to a junction to turn left but I was going straight on. He had to slam the brakes on and caused me to via to the left.
Today I was avoiding the crumbling tarmac around the drains in the curb when a van overtook me to beat on coming traffic and then causing me to break when he swerved back into lane.
I haven’t got Gopro money but I just need a little descreet camera to basically get 25mins of commute to work. Using my phone is not an option due to it being to exspensive and big but also don’t want to loose it especially if I forget to take it off when I get to work.Posted 3 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I disagree with the suggestion to avoid “bad” roads. We have all the cycling infrastructure we need. The problem is there are some real knob heads using it in/on everything from lorries to push bikes.
The police won’t responded to a complaint unless there’s evidence. Unless something is done, conditions for us out there will just continue to decline. I’m currently feeling like I’ve been backed into a state where a camera is a must have.Posted 3 years agoprojectMember
I use a camera, and it helps with road positioning, filming new cycle routes etc, etc, and you also see what a complete fool some drivers are.
Get a copy of Road craft and sign up to a free cycling training scheme, most councils pay for them, video your route before and after training, and stay away from the kerb, be assertive on the road with signals and be aware of whats in front and behind you.
Lots of cheap bullet cams ebay and also frlom Staples the office equipment place of all shops.Posted 3 years agoernieMember
Jacob, i am in precisely the same mindset as you. The bike is the only way for me to get to work, in the past week i have had too many near misses. I do not think any of these could have been avoided by myself: two were cars pulling out from a side road (on the right hand side of the road) – i have a front light on blink even on day time commutes, the road is straight, visibility clear. The last time i was following traffic going about 20mph, i left a 4m gap between me and the car in front and maintained primary position on the road, car behind wanted my position overtook and forced me into the gutter, i was tapping on the side of the car to try and alert them. They ignored me and forced there position and once in front kept tapping the brakes to try and force me to crash. The first two occasions i can accept, the drivers stopped, apologised and i think the incidents gave them hell of a shock. The last incident, the women should not be on the road. A camera would have recorded and supported a case against her should the cps wanted to pursue it.Posted 3 years ago
Most importantly to me is my wife and two children. If/when i am hit, i want to ensure that any compo is given as quickly as possible to reduce the impact on my family (assuming i am not dead). I do everything in my power to ride safe, be seen, i obey traffic laws, i defend my position. Bit as we see and hear everyday, insurance companies and drivers will not admit guilt unless presented with un refutable evidence, which i hope video footage will be (or at least support).
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