Smile, you’re on camera!

Smile, You're on CameraIt seems there are an increasing number of cyclists who are using video cameras on their rides, be that pleasure or the daily commute. These cameras either being helmet mounted or bike mounted, and costing from as little as £10 to as much as you want to spend.

The reason for these cameras, well it’s not just to capture the scenery that we get to see as we ride. They are being used to capture those moments when the driver of a vehicle performs that close pass, that SMIDSY moment, or any of the other ways that we as cyclists are vulnerable to the motor vehicle.

In some cases this footage can have the desired effect of providing valuable evidence of abuse as in this footage, or following a collision – like a SMIDSY

Now it has to be said, given the 30 to 50 miles a day I commute, I am no stranger to the antics of some drivers, especially the “professional drivers” who do seem to be the cause of most of the “interesting” moments. So I too have given thought to the camera as a form of personal insurance…

BUT… and it is a big “BUT” in my mind, does the carrying of a video camera make the rider go looking for incident, and in doing so compromise his or her safety? Does it result in cyclists who are out spending their ride looking for trouble to capture?

If so, surely the camera is a bad thing, a distraction away from concentrating on safe riding and anticipating what might occur?

Can you ride with total focus on safety knowing you have a camera recording? Aren’t you subconsciously looking for trouble?

Sounds like a case of ‘suck it and see’ :)


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