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Old 03-02-14, 02:29 PM
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My "Outlaw Commuting" Video Colletion Has Been Republished

In 2008 I acquired my first helmet camera. Back in the days before GoPro HD video when wearable cameras were all in Beta testing stage I picked up a couple of VholdR cameras (eventually they became Contour and eventually became dinosaurs) and video recorded many of my commutes through the inner city grid - solo and with crazy friends. For years I posted them here to annoy the folks over at Advocacy & Safety and many of my threads went on and on for weeks.

In 2010 I became sort of a high profile public figure in my home town so I "buried" the vids for almost 4 years. Now that I have slipped back to anonymity (and the statute of limitations has passed) I clumped all of those old scofflaw vids into an album at Vimeo for all to enjoy (or despise).

My signature video (and by far the most popular) is at the top of the album. It has been downloaded and re-posted all over the Web and still goes viral every now and then. It's called "Bicycle Red Light Running Tutorial" and was produced for the sole purpose of twisting panties over at A&S as was my most extreme traffic jamming commuting video called "I Play In Traffic" - also found at the top of my new video album.

After watching those "Top 2" videos most sensible persons will hate me and I can't blame them. Love or hate, I call it Entertainment. And after all, why are we here on BF but to be entertained?

Without further ado, and to celebrate tonight's Academy Awards (no risk of me getting one of those) I give you my republished collection of nearly 100 commuter mayhem videos:

Bicycle Commuter Traffic Jamming by JoeyBike
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Way cooler than the Hollywood stuff, by far!
Im glad these epic rides are immortalized in one easy-to-find place!

I can hear the sound of twisting spandex and steaming horn-rimmed coke bottles as I type!

Thanks Joeybike!!!
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I'll be keeping an eye on the Picayune obits. I think getting doored in many of those scenarios would be fatal.
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There are atoms in Joeybike that were present just seconds after the Big Bang.
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Thanks Joey, I've been a bit bored with my commute lately and was needing some inspiration! I love how the police do nothing there...
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Fail.
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that first video (Bicycle Red Light Running Tutorial) is hilarious!!!

the matter fact tone (reminiscent of Dragnet's Joe Friday) of the voiceover is priceless. sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit, but much better. really had me laughing.

good one!

the X's and arrows remind me of oh so no-nonsense Army instruction video i once was "permitted" to watch as part of an "Enemy strongpoint surround and neutralize", ahem, seminar put on by my drill sergeant.

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i've bookmarked the red light running instructional video for use as a response to rants about scofflaw cyclists that make us look bad.
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joey, if you update the red light running video i'd suggest including the cutting across an intersection (with traffic flow) technique. accomplished scofflaws will even use this technique to facilitate weaving through gaps of multi-lane cross traffic. when crossing busy intersections with suboptimal visibility i also sometimes perform a pseudo quick turn (with traffic flow) just in case i need to bail due to fast traffic.
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Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
i've bookmarked the red light running instructional video for use as a response to rants about scofflaw cyclists that make us look bad.
There's also this:
https://washcycle.typepad.com/home/20...th-of-the.html
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Reminds me of my past life as a messenger. Makes me wish I had video evidence of the riding I used to do but the tech wasn't there at the time.

Traffic in New Orleans looks a lot mellower than it is here, would be a nice change of pace.
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Thanks everyone! I knew some would enjoy those old vids.

Over the past three or four years the New Orleans bicycle "20 Year Plan" reached it's 19th year and bike lanes, sharrows, road diets, and 3-foot pass billboards are everywhere. Literally all of the roads featured in the videos have been made bike friendly somehow. I can hardly believe it myself but I can get almost anywhere in New Orleans and vicinity now without locking horns with motor vehicles. Routes I never dared ride except under the most perfect circumstances are now a breeze - which has diverted me off of many of the video routes.

I have to admit, I much prefer a relaxed commute to all of that keeping up with traffic. There are still a few spots where I have to clean out the fuel injectors but not many.

So sad for the video making but I am much happier on my bike now. Don't worry, I am still hyper aware of my surroundings and getting right-hook attempts more often, but all in all motorists are getting used to the new bike lanes and hooking us less and less.

I honestly can't think of anyplace I need to get on my bike that is worth filming anymore.

Yay.
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nice to hear a big city is getting it's act together.
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watched a few, New Orleans has such a unique look, would never mistake it for anywhere else
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I am thankful that I don't commute in the US!
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Thanks for reposting!
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I am thankful that I don't commute in the US!
ya, that twice daily trip across the Atlantic would be a b*tch.
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Joey,

Glad to see you've republished these and I'll definately go watch some of them later. I will admit the first video of yours that I saw surprised me a little and I was a little negative in my responses but in hindsight and looking back at myself as a kid who rode all the time, I would probably be the same way today if I was a commuter.

You LHT Geek slayer video and the Pugsly commute with "Prodigal Son" as the soundtrack are still two of my favorite videos on the web.
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In 2010 I became sort of a high profile public figure in my home town so I "buried" the vids for almost 4 years. Now that I have slipped back to anonymity (and the statute of limitations has passed)
Hmmmmm, Joey, that statement speaks volumes of information..........
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Wish we had such nice streets to ride on in the DC area. Good to hear they are even better now.
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I am thankful that I don't commute in the US!
It's not as bad as you think.
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It's not as bad as you think.
It is more like bad "Outlaw" drama.
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Will watch later, I enjoy them, even though I don't ride like that myself! But I say hey, if you can keep up with or be faster than traffic and have the balls to slip between everybody, then go for it. That's one of the things that makes a bike awesome!
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Thanks again everyone. I'm happy to have the vids back too. It was surprising that people would occasionally send me an email or PM asking about the vids and why they disappeared. Sometimes I would even give out the password and an HTML page of links to find the hidden ones.

It is amazing how different some of those routes look to me now.
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ya, that twice daily trip across the Atlantic would be a b*tch.
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