Here’s a really good article in the New York Times about cyclists wearing helmet cams to record their rides. With the headline, “Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents,” the story talks mostly about how cyclists are using helmet cams to record confrontations and accidents.
“Cyclists have long had a rocky coexistence with motorists and pedestrians, who often criticize bike riders for a confrontational attitude, and for blowing through stop signs or otherwise exempting themselves from the rules of the road. Now small cameras — the cycling equivalent of the black box on an airplane — are becoming an intermediary in the relationship, providing high-tech evidence in what is sometimes an ugly contest between people who ride the roads on two wheels and those who use four,” writes Times reporter, Nick Wingfield.
I wear a helmet cam on my daily commute and on weekend rides. I’ve captured lots of fun still pictures and video as well as some bad behavior by both motorists and other cyclists. I usually avoid publishing all but the most egregious behavior I capture on video. However, I viewed this article as an opportunity to present a video collection of cars pulling out in front of me at intersections during my daily commute in Sacramento. These were all taken this year.