reohn2 wrote:Here's a thought,I wonder what percentage of cyclists in the UK use a camera to record their everyday journey,especially in cities,and why?
Compare that percentage figue with NL cyclists.
Id be amazed if anyone in the NL felt they needed a camera to ride a bike with, whereas I feel in the UK its become a virtual necessity as much as just having lights to ride in the dark with is, certainly on commutes in rush hour, simply because of the amount of daily aggression of motorists you encounter and have to deal with and its your only way of feeling you have some control of those situations
I know I can drive my car to work on a route, and feel very safe in my car bubble & chilled out when I arrive, and the other road users have barely bothered me, and certainly never felt I needed a dashcam
but I know if I ride my bike on the same route, same road users, Ill be dealing with close passes of the order of 12-18 inches as a matter of course, a bunch of must get in front overtakes, some of these will be non-deliberate, some will be absolutely deliberate to try and scare me, some of these will be cars, vans or worse buses,tipper trucks or hgvs. Ill less frequently but it still happens just have random abuse shouted at me, and probably about once every 2-3months on average Ill encounter someone driving so recklessly around me, Ill be convinced Ive run out of my 9 lives finally and they are about to knock me off.
unsurprisingly I dont often arrive at work as happy and as chilled out on my bike as I do in my car, in fact some days I dread the ride because I know where the danger points are almost by pedal stroke now and sometimes a journey can feel like "can I just make it beyond this point without a problem" which isnt anyway to have to ride IMO.
and obviously I talk to friends about riding bicycles, try to encourage, tell them all the good nice things about it, but occasionally I have to vent about it too, and unsurprisingly when you give them the lowdown of swapping your safe car bubble where no-one seems to bother you, with something that feels like its often a mixture of Mad Max meets the Hunger Games, and then you tell them you have to video your rides because of it...unsurprisingly you get very few converts.
and I think Im always more surprised that people dont get that, than I am surprised that its a thing to begin with.