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Bike Commute Videos

Today kicks off the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, so to celebrate we bring you a really cool series of videos created by BikeWise, a bike advocacy group from New Zealand. The videos follow a rider from points A to B around the area, noting dangerous intersections, advising proper signaling and offering other important information to get you to the destination safely. This would be a great resource to create for new riders in any area.

I remember when I was giving “commute reports” in my zine back before the expansion of the web and such easy access to videography, which amounted to crappy, photocopied photos taken with a disposable camera and placed next to typewriter copy (now get off my lawn kids!). Oh how far we’ve come. These videos are much more practical and helpful, of course.

Plug similar videos for your area in the comments and enjoy National Bike Month! Bike To Work Day will be here on the 18th.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. George HessMay 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for this great video showing excellent riding habits and skills – nicely done! There is one bit where I disagree with the narrator’s approach – right around 3:13-3:18 she passes a green mini-van on the left at a red traffic signal. This is very irritating to motor vehicle drivers. Personally, I’d have sat behind the minivan, just as I would have in my car. Nevertheless, bravo!

  2. Cyclelicious » My uneventful bike rideMay 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

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  3. Carley P.May 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Amen, George. I feel the same way, though I live in America where the traffic may react differently. I’ve been cycling for four years and I learned quickly that passing cars at red lights only gives them an excuse to sandwich you between their car and the curb.

    The only time I’ll pass a car at a red-light is if I’m turning right on red and the car in front of me is waiting for the green light to head straight. In the end, I never waste much time by waiting behind a car and I feel like cars respect us more if we “wait our turn.”

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