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Old 05-11-08, 07:37 PM   #1
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As far right as safety allows....

...is sometimes the left curb.

Finally got a helmet cam so I can more effectively advocate my safe riding. If you have ever "won the door prize", took a "right hook", had a pedestrian spring out in front of you from between parked cars, had a rash of flats from riding in the trash in the right gutter, or just enjoy the thrill of getting home before your coworkers in their silly Hummers and urban-assault vehicles rotting in traffic, this video is for you.

This vid was actually a camera test video that I liked enough to post online. I'll call it "Inner City Cycling Instruction Part I" Much, much more to follow! I wear the camera every day now.

http://www.vimeo.com/996199
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Old 05-11-08, 08:25 PM   #2
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Interesting video. What type of camera did you use? I notice that you do not stop for red lights. Be careful.
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Old 05-11-08, 08:37 PM   #3
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What type of camera did you use?
VholdR helmet cam

http://vholdr.com/shoot/camera/overview

Can't give it my approval just yet. Had it less than a week and there are some issues.

Running the lights is part of being careful here. It allows me to ride in the huge gaps created by the lights themselves much of the time. I did not edit out those gaps on purpose.
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So everyone that buys a helmet cam is suddenly an advocate?

Awesome.
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Old 05-12-08, 05:45 AM   #5
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Well lots of these guys won't like that you pass cars, they think you should rot behind cars. But I think you should stop for stop lights. The girl with the baby stroller that you buzzed while running a red light probably thinks so as well.
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Old 05-12-08, 06:40 AM   #6
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...I think you should stop for stop lights. The girl with the baby stroller that you buzzed while running a red light probably thinks so as well.
She never even saw me. The camera made that look a lot closer than it was in reality. It also looks like I went out of my way to get near her. I moved left in anticipation of the cars entering the intersection from the cross street at the right. Had that first car turned right and not yielded to her, I would have moved to the left curb. The first car did not intend to turn as it turned out, so I just swung in behind her. I was 3/4 of a lane from her at least (3:36). Had everything gone wrong at once I would just bail up onto the trolly tracks past the left curb.

A few seconds later (4:00) I stopped at a red for a lady in the crosswalk - that's what it looks like when I am close enough to "buzz" someone.
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was this supposed to be a game where we counted the traffic infractions in a five minute period? I lost count at about 30. What do I win?

I think you just gave up your right to ***** about the next car that plows into you.
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7 posts... took longer than I thought Joey.
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You're my hero.

On the running reds - looks like you do it with all due caution, but if you get a ticket, I hope you just pay up and move on. I certainly won't cry for you.
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That looks like a fun place to ride. Was that a wrong-way cyclist tucked in there, too?

I have no problem with filtering but it looked like you cut it close a few times.

I agree on the left-side positioning in that specific scenario 100%.
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I notice that you went by at least two police cars in there too. I guess they don't mind you splitting lanes and running reds, lol.
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That camera you have costs $ 350 !!!

No way !
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IMHO, safe riding advocate? You have to be kidding. You ride in and out of traffic without much room, squeeze between cars and sidewalks at a full clip, run lights, buzz a pedestrian. You're not going to last very long riding like that and you give cyclists a bad name to boot. I'm not impressed.


"Running the lights is part of being careful here. It allows me to ride in the huge gaps created by the lights themselves much of the time. I did not edit out those gaps on purpose."
That's the most ridiculous rationalization I've ever seen for running red lights.
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Do you walk the same way you ride?
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Old 05-12-08, 08:00 PM   #15
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You're not going to last very long riding like that...
I know. I started when I was 15 and I just made 50. Granted I am a lot better at it now, but still not a scratch after only 35 years.

I am lasting long precisely because I ride like that in this town.
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Old 05-12-08, 08:15 PM   #16
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...if you get a ticket, I hope you just pay up and move on. I certainly won't cry for you.
I am definitely not a cry-baby. One really nice bonus to riding like that is that I don't expect much from motorists. When I bike, I expect everyone else to do whatever they want to, so I am never surprised and rarely angered by traffic. And motorists in this town seem to be happy I am not in their way.

As for New Orleans Finest, they seem to have better things to do than mess with cyclists. Cyclists have almost no rights here. If I get run over, unless the driver is drunk (50 percent are at any given moment), they won't even get a ticket. I'll be dead or maimed and they won't even be home late for supper. So I do whatever it takes to not let them run me over. Notice how many cars passed me? Zero. That is my goal.
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OMG, those palms trees lucky freaky, almost fake, are they sick or something?
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"Inner City Cycling Instruction Part I"="Full Speed Ahead & piss on everyone else"

Who wants to cycle like that? I like to belong to the city.
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I know. I started when I was 15 and I just made 50. Granted I am a lot better at it now, but still not a scratch after only 35 years.

I am lasting long precisely because I ride like that in this town.
You are my hero.

Keep up the good work.
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That looks like a fun place to ride. Was that a wrong-way cyclist tucked in there, too?
It is very fun to ride here. The inner grid was set up by a sadist. No timed traffic lights, or timed badly. Auto traffic is stuck in quicksand. Light after light after light they have to stop and sit. So if you are willing and able to ride in the spaces the cars are not utilizing - the world is yours!

Yes, the wrong-way cyclist is just one more reason to stay out of the Door Zone. I noticed that too in the vid. Very prevalent in the French Quarter. I do very little contraflow riding myself and only with utmost precautions.
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"Running the lights is part of being careful here. It allows me to ride in the huge gaps created by the lights themselves much of the time. I did not edit out those gaps on purpose."

I find that in that type of traffic, filtering to the front then accelerating away from the traffic allows me to open big gaps, without running the red lights. Maybe I am a better (MUCH) better sprinter than you are?
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Maybe I am a better (MUCH) better sprinter than you are?
If you are sprinting away from traffic at every red light, then I can be pretty sure that you are the better sprinter here. Sprinting for me is kinda like sex. I may not be as good as I once was, but I am still as good ONCE as I ever was.
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Joey --
First, your sig: I would use doors as long as they were right there; otherwise, I'd use the walls. Boy, running through women's locker rooms could be a real rush...!

Second, your vid: while I applaud you making it to 50 (I'm looking down that barrel myself pretty soon), I can't say much for the red-light activity. Kind of commando-style riding, and others are right, you don't do the rest of us any good. But, you're gonna do what you're gonna do, so it's whatever....
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...you don't do the rest of us any good.
I have heard that here before regarding another similar video filmed by a friend and posted by me. Yes, if I were riding like that in YOUR community, it might do some damage I guess. In New Orleans, motorists seem to care only about me staying out of their way. "The City That Care Forgot" was a tag line back in the 1930's regarding this place and is mostly still true. Folks here are not very uptight and tourists seem to pick up on that vibe pretty fast. So it does not cause any problems that I can see and I have been car free for 19 years now. So I am out there all the time and have not noticed one bit of difference in 30 years.
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...is sometimes the left curb.

Finally got a helmet cam so I can more effectively advocate my safe riding. If you have ever "won the door prize", took a "right hook", had a pedestrian spring out in front of you from between parked cars, had a rash of flats from riding in the trash in the right gutter, or just enjoy the thrill of getting home before your coworkers in their silly Hummers and urban-assault vehicles rotting in traffic, this video is for you.

This vid was actually a camera test video that I liked enough to post online. I'll call it "Inner City Cycling Instruction Part I" Much, much more to follow! I wear the camera every day now.

http://www.vimeo.com/996199
Advocate for safe riding?? Is this the example of how not to ride safely? I suppose all of us safe riders should thank you for your advocacy? I will say thanks, thanks for all the driver you've pissed off who then feel the need to vent their anger on the next cyclist they see who is riding safely and legally.
I hope the Police Department sees the video and writes you out a book of tickets for all the traffic laws you broke. If we want to be treated the same as cars and trucks we have to follow the same laws, or at the very least not go around bragging about breaking those laws.
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