Motorist, that I meet, just don't care, they would much rather race ahead to make a turn or get ahead and save a few seconds than hang back and wait for me to clear.
For them, getting somewhere 10 seconds sooner is more valuable than a cyclists life.
Very nice. I commute 40 miles a day, 3-4 days a week in suburban Southern California. There is a mutual respect that must be earned. It is a culture change and it takes time. I pledge to earn that trust every time I commute by being hyper vigilant and by following the rules of the road, even if motorists don't always do the same.
I like and share the sentiment of the video. After getting yelled at or purposely cut off by drivers I often yell back, "I've got a familiy waiting for me at home too!"
However the video drags and just goes on about 2 minutes too long. Also the video shows some very bad lane positioning (on the fog line with 6 inches of asphalt on the other side!!!) Also there is what can only appear to be bicyclists riding on the sidewalk and others riding the wrong way at night with no lights (4:01).
Really?!?!? Are you serious?!?! And this video is about giving and getting respect by being predictible and visible?!?! No thank you! I will not be sharing this on my blog.
Plus, what's with all the TT bikes?!?!
BTW, "Dear Motorist" calls them "accidents." There is nothing accidental about 99% of motor vehicle CRASHES. That they couldn't even use the correct term "crash" leads me to believe even more that Dear Motorist needs to go back and do their homework.
I'm not trying to be all high and mighty but if an organization is trying to take the moral high ground they need to make sure to cross all their "t"s and dot all their "i"s.
I believe that the message of the video is very clear and I appreciate those that took their time and resources to publish it. Thank you! As a cyclist, a son, a brother, a husband, and a soon-to-be father, I want to continue to safely ride my bike to work, and for pleasure, with the hope that the motorists behind me will pay attention to their only true obligations - remaining alert and truly sharing the road (please give us at least 3'). As an engineer I hope that we'll be able to design and implement improved bikeways everywhere, but it all comes down to making smart choices as motorists and cyclists.
I realize not everybody is as fortunate as we are here in the Netherlands with our bikelanes and everybody si used to the cyclists everwhere. I'll share the message
To all the haters commenting on this video:
Do you have a better video, in your opinion, that you'll be posting? Come on! Quit being so negative! They've gotten their point across. Can you leave it at that?
I appreciate what they've done. My name is Dan and I'm a cyclist!
Dan and all,
This video has some good messages and is well-intyentioned, but it is poorly-thought-out in major educational respects: good intentions are NOT sufficient, sad to say.
Regrettably, this video misses or errs badly on several vital points--namely:
1) it misses the key point that cyclists have a RIGHT to be on the road and should not need to ask for "charity" from drivers ("please don't hit us" sends the opposite message);
2) too many readers and cyclists are shown in "recreational" and elitist lycra and too few urban utility riders (commuters, etc.) on normal street clothes rare shown;
3) cyclists should NOT take a pledge to "stay out of" (the motorists') way--in fact, taking the lane is often the safest strategy for ALL roadway users on narrower roads…(This is not the same thing as not obstructing traffic, which is illegal for all vehicles.)
As a League Cycling Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, it is my job to teach cyclists how to ride safely on the streets and roads. And this video, well-intentioned and heartfelt as it may be, makes cycling more dangerous because of the points mentioned above.
I can also tell you that--as a result of viewing this video and seeing is serious shortcomings--some of us are working on producing videos that will get this kind of message across WITHOUT including the major deficits it contains.