One guy in New York City has figured out the perfect response to getting a ticket: crash a bike over and over again into obstacles as an act of civil disobedience.
In the video above, filmmaker Casey Neistat gets a ticket for not riding in the bike lane. But keep watching because at just after a minute in Neistat responds by doing exactly what the cops tells him to do: riding in the bike lane, no matter what.
The result is Neistat throwing himself all over cars, the street, and even into the back of a truck as he collides with obstructions blocking the lane. He does all this without a helmet and wearing shorts too — which for liability reasons I feel obliged to say you should probably not do.
It’s classic slapstick … but also makes the point that sometimes it’s impossible to ride in bike lanes.
As it turns out, Neistat is kind of famous. The video has been around for a while — though somehow I missed it until recently — and many of Neistat’s projects have garnered attention. You can even read his Wikipedia page.
In any case, the video is particularly apropos for Salt Lake City as leaders try to beef up bicycle infrastructure and awareness during 2013, aka Year of the Bike.
It’s also worth pointing out that bicycle safety is not a joke. Here on the justice desk it is our sad duty to chronicle bicycle accidents, and that job keeps us plenty busy, unfortunately. Here’s a list of just a few of those accidents, all of which have happened within the last year:
• Bicyclist killed in Sandy crash was competitive racer
• UHP: Setting sun factor in fatal minivan-bicycle crash
• Harrisville man critical after auto-bicycle crash
• SLC bicyclist escapes with minor injuries in collision with TRAX train
• Bicyclist dies in Salt Lake City hit-and-run
On a somewhat lighter note, we’ve built up quite an archive of bicycle photos over the years and I’ve included some of them in the gallery to the left. Click through and see if cycling in Salt Lake City looks safe to you.
— Jim Dalrymple II