I'm an IT consultant by trade... I travel to my clients, all over Miami-Dade county. Most people don't seem to 'get' that I do so by bicycle and by choice. Generally cycling is my zen, my chance to be one with the world. Unfortunately plenty of drivers are intent on making me one with the road - literally.

Watch these close brushes with death and dismemberment. See what I see, or sometimes (through the rear cam) what I don't see... thats even scarier. I've had more than my fair share of close calls, usually someone being too busy texting, calling or putting on makeup to notice that there is a vulnerable vehicle right near them

Often it's an uneducated driver that have mistaken the local public roads for the Homestead Miami Speedway. How dare a cyclist be on the road?! Why aren't you in the bike lane? Umm, there isn't one or don't you see that car parked in it? Once in a while its a truly homicidal maniac who has no regard for human life. Cyclists will understand - this happens all the time. Drivers don't respect the destructive power of the weapon they wield

Yes, weapon… have you ever had someone step on the gas, with the sole intention of running you over?! I have. All I can hope is that non-cyclists see these videos, and maybe as a result are a little more careful next time they see a bike out of the corner of their eye. All I really want is to live to bike another day

Is that really too much to ask?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I hate to do this, but...

Well, I really hate to do this, but recent circumstances have left me a bit short on funds.  Factor in the intermittent failure of my current 'Bike Black Box' and I'm desperately in need of new bike cameras.  Ideally I'd like to pick up 3 cameras.  For the ultimate configuration I'd want to keep with my Oregon Scientific camera for the front view and rear views - upgrading to HD and adding GPS ($670 for the two), then try out tiny Tachyon Ops HD for a POV cam ($140).  Add about $100 for the memory cards, plus tax and shipping.  This way I would have *three* high definition views of all of my rides, which would be pretty sweet

The problem is, I'm broke.  I can't afford $1000 on these cameras right now (even though I see them as an essential safety feature of my bike and a wonderful 'educational' tool).  So, I'm reaching out to you, my readers.  If you believe that this site can serve as a tool to help expose non-cyclists to the dangers cyclists face, or even if you just want to watch more and higher quality footage of the bad driving around Miami, please take a moment and make a donation on the right of this page.  Any amount helps, it all adds up!  Your help is greatly appreciated, and hopefully in some small way will contribute to making the streets of Miami safer for cyclists

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