Close Encounters

After a close encounter with an irate motorist two years ago, bicyclist and Fox News photographer Jeff Frings mounted cameras on his bike to capture passing motorists’ bad behavior.

[via bikelovejones]

18 Responses to “Close Encounters”

  • Karl OnSea says:

    I had a couple of close shaves about a year ago, and started wearing one of those Oregon Scientific Action Cams to get the evidence. But I’m not persistent enough to build up the sort of rogues gallery that Jeff Frings has, and I gave up after a short while.

    If you’re interested in this sort of thing, check out MagnaTom’s Youtube page, which is full of Scottish biking trials and tribulations. US viewers will probably need subtitles. ;-)

  • Rick says:

    This is what would happen here in Wichita if I rode like that. Why doesn’t he just ride in the right-tire line of the lane when there is no shoulder? If you own the lane, the car doesn’t have the option of squeezing by you…even the officer eluded to that. This is the method I use, and very few people attempt to squeeze by me now.

  • Dottie says:

    This is a great video! I posted it a while back, too. The topic is especially sad since a frame builder and bike shop owner in Tennessee was killed while riding to work last Friday. A truck passed so closely that it caught his rear pannier and threw him off into the road. The trucker said, of course, that he never even saw the cyclist.
    http://www.wrcbtv.com/global/story.asp?s=9959220

  • Dean says:

    This guy is doing very little to promote bicycle safety and promote good relations with motorists. He should either take the lane as a previous comment mentioned, or take the shoulder (which there appears to be one in mnay of the video clips). I couldn’t believe what he was thinking being on the road in front of the snowplow, just confirmned his idiocy.
    I commute year round, the roads are snow and ice covered 4 months of the year and our roads don’t have shoulders. Those conditions teach you how to “share the road” with motorists safely.

    Dean

  • AbrasiveScotsman says:

    Generally he didn’t seem to be doing anything wrong. He should have pulled over and let the plow pass though, or did he expect it to not properly clear the stretch of road by him? He seems to have a very confrontational attitude.

    Perhaps it takes someone like him to bring issues like the Police’s ignorance of the law they uphold to the fore. Although it seems to me that he rides around spoiling for a fight all the time.

    That’d ruin for me personally.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    I’m with Abrasive on this, who, ironically, doesn’t seem to abrasive. In MANY of those clips, the rider seems to have a darn good, paved shoulder, yet he isn’t riding in it. What the heck? I’d be angry to as a motorist. Perhaps this guy is doing some good, but his attitude doesn’t work in my life. I wouldn’t want to keep riding if I experienced the “daily” threats he spoke of. Take up stamp collecting!

    Scott

  • Steve says:

    While I”m sympathetic to the notion that he should use a shoulder when one is safely available, It’s worth remembering that many times those shoulders are not clear. They’re often full of gravel, broken glass, and other obstructions that can be a major problem, especially when riding a skinny tired road bike. Shoulder or no, 3 feet is the law, however.

  • sc says:

    many of us have had these “close shaves” and they are not much fun, sometimes downright terrifying! what struck me right away was his combative attitude.

    while many of us know we as cyclists are entitled to the full lane, he seems to be looking for trouble in many of the clips shown. most of those clips showed him riding on very busy roads and – regardless of the law – when you ride on busy, narrow roads, you are going to get motorists squeezing you – period. it doesnt make it right but its reality.

    maybe he is simply trying to shine more light on an issue we all deal with?

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    […] EcoVelo has a video featuring footage from a Fox News photographer in Wisconsin who attached a camera to his bike to film drivers who endanger him by getting too close. Problem is, he’s found that sometimes police refuse to recognize his right to be in the lane of travel at all. Tucson Bike Lawyer has two sad stories that highlight how dangerous it is out there for bikers: one about a drunk driver who was acquitted after killing a teenager on his bike, and one about a police officer who was struck from behind and killed by a car. (Maybe charges will be filed in that case.) […]

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    […] EcoVelo has a video featuring footage from a Fox News photographer in Wisconsin who attached a camera to his bike to film drivers who endanger him by getting too close. Problem is, he’s found that sometimes police refuse to recognize his right to be in the lane of travel at all. Tucson Bike Lawyer has two sad stories that highlight how dangerous it is out there for bikers: one about a drunk driver who was acquitted after killing a teenager on his bike, and one about a police officer who was struck from behind and killed by a car. (Maybe charges will be filed in that case.) Meanwhile, Bike Commute Tips writes about how the mainstream media is starting to recognize that bike commuting can improve your life. It’s part of a growing sense, echoed in a piece reprinted on Bike Providence, that momentum is building in favor of biking as transportation. […]

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  • Fritz says:

    Lesley Simpson was looking for “a firebrand activist” several weeks ago for a documentary she’s producing for Canadian television on “eccentric” (her word) cyclists. I should’ve thought of Jeff.

    I think I’ve mentioned Jeff Fring’s earlier snow plow encounter from a while ago, but this Fox News piece takes the cake. It’s got everything I hate about how the media portrays cycling, it reinforces the idea to the general public that cycling is dangerous, and I’m sure the motoring public just eats this up and sees Fring as a prototype of every cyclist they see on the road.

  • Fritz says:

    On the other hand: This piece highlights the important issue that many jurisdictions do not protect or even acknowledge the rights of cyclists on the road, and Frings cable access project is super cool — I missed that the first time around.

  • Alan says:

    I’m ambivalent about the video. Frings does seem to be baiting motorists in some of the shots – he should either take the lane or get on the shoulder – hugging the white line is only asking for trouble because of the mixed signals it sends. On the other hand, we’ve all experienced getting buzzed by motorists who clearly were out to “teach a lesson”…

  • Allan says:

    That guy should be riding in the lane IMHO. as a biker, i recognize that people would treat him more like a car, and actually pass him normally. as it is, he’s allowing the cars to not even move over to pass him, causing them to be closer than they would otherwise be

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  • David Hembrow says:

    There is an odd way in which cyclists in some countries accept this behaviour and become part of the scene. It’s the same in the UK. I had any number of unpleasant experiences as a cyclist.

    But here ? nothing. No-one ever cuts me up. No-one ever shouts abuse. Rather, it’s always a pleasant experience to cycle. Bliss.

 
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