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Bicycle Crash Protection

This article on the New York Times site details the value of riding with a camera mounted to your helmet or bike. It references the widely viewed video we referenced here, where two cyclists were sideswiped and their camera allowed the police to capture the driver (still being investigated).

More of these incidents are coming to light and it’s a good thing, for the technology is both cheaper and more accessible, and we all know cyclists are some of the most vulnerable and harassed road users, so the protection is necessary. GoPro seems to be the preferred option for video cameras at this point, but I wonder if handlebar mounted or even INTEGRATED cameras will become more commonplace. Of course, be careful, because the footage can be used against you for traffic violations we commit on any given ride. For now though, this is another example of “Little Brother” watching them back.

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  1. DanJuly 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    While I really like the idea of this camera, I’m afraid that in 5 years it will socially be seen as a requirement for riding. For better or worse, we keep adding requirements to certain activities (helmets, lights, seat belts, air bags, GPS, certain clothes, certain shoes, etc).

    While the camera is the “gee whiz” item right now, it soon won’t be. It’ll be a requirement that parents/kids/novices will need to buy before they can get into cycling.

  2. DJuly 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t think It’ll ever be a requirement. Especially if the streets keep getting safer for cyclists.

    I definitely see some integrated helmet cams in the future. At least until we can get ocular implants.

    PS, is it me or is his helmet dangerously cocked upward?

  3. JakeJuly 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    @D yes. Definitely cocked. Ocular implants!

    Hooray passive vigilantism!!

  4. scottJuly 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    that’s because he has a camera pushing it out of the safety zone when for a crash. either way you take risks everyday.

  5. Joe PeraltaJuly 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I always worry about taping my own demise. One of these days…

  6. MaxJuly 30, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Pro tip: Before you give your video to the cops, make sure you only give them the part they need. i.e. not the part where you roll over a stop sign one block earlier.

    Can the cops (legally) demand you to give them your footage when they stop you?

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