A story on the BBC website about a van driver convicted for careless driving by the footage of a cyclist’s helmet camera has prompted a debate which has predictably degenerated into the usual ‘road tax’, RLJs, uninsured, unlit cyclist nonsense that occurs every week.
I was further upset by this article about a local cyclist’s death and the lack of justice around the case so posted it to my Facebook account. It drew a response which a good friend thought was measured and balanced:
But the new me wasn’t going to stand for that. In another moment of clarity (by my hazy standards) I countered with the following observation which is something I have wanted to get off my chest for a long time:
I have seen numerous car driver texting whilst driving but would not condem all drivers as seems to happen to cyclists when the issue of their safety arises in the media.
There is a consipacy against us: How many pedestrians are killed every day by vehicles? yet a few people injured in a train derailment and it is news-worthy for days.
We ALL need to be careful and the more kgs of metal we are in control of the more careful we should be!
My sister mailed me saying that she had been thinking about me and the helmet camera prior to reading my Facebook status and would I like one for my approaching ‘special’ birthday? The more I think about it the more sense it would make. A couple of years ago I ran a red light because I was busy replaying an event in my mind that had occurred 5 minutes earlier when a bus went through red across my path. I gave chase, collected details and reported the driver (typical waste of time response came back from First buses). With a camera rolling I would have been able to clear the incident from my mind knowing that it had been captured. As I rode home this evening I imagined a camera was rolling on my head and I systematically checked all side streets, thought about road position and the best option for each junction. I think that mindset improved my behaviour too. Cyclists are not perfect, well this one isn’t anyway. The camera would also help moderate my language too.
“We ALL need to be careful and the more kgs of metal we are in control of the more careful we should be!”