In two weeks of commuting to work Dunedin cyclist Riley Baker
captured bad parking, cars pulling out, red light running,
people on the road and unmarked roadworks.
Good to see the video has sparked some discusion on both
Old Git: I do not drive a car so I can't comment on the
dangers you normally see, but if that is the case, then
doesn't this just highlight the issues of all drivers, not
just cyclists? And I'm sure the cyclist that died outside the
hospital didn't expect a truck to be behind him when he
swerved out to avoid a car door. The situation I was in is
even worse, as the cycle lane sits between two lanes of
traffic, meaning you can't swerve to either side.
Trev: The angle-parked buses are a particular hazard. When
they park like this I can't see their mirrors, and it's very
unsettling passing beside one when you know they probably
can't even see you.
Stuman: As above. That cycle lane is sandwiched between two
lanes of traffic, and swerving to either side is just as
dangerous. I also agree that shared cycle/walking lanes are
not a solution, as they just put pedestrians in the same
situation cyclists are in on the road. The one along
Andersons Bay Rd is particularly bad as it stops and starts
four of five times, requiring cyclists to keep changing
between the footpath and the road.
Although I'm sure my actions and reactions in these
situations may not always be the best, I'm sure if we had
footage of a few days of anyone driving we could sit here and
pick out many things they do wrong.
I've never had an issue with the police when using my
headlamp, so don't let that stop you.
You'll be a whole lot safer (good for night time trail rides
That's the same question motorists ask themselves when having
to take evasive action to avoid collecting cyclists. In
my opinion you expect the motorists to look out for your
safety but are not interested in looking out for the safety
of others. Typical cyclist mentality. The answer, in both
cases, should be yes.
Difficult for you to get hit by a truck Riley. You passed her
on the inside! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more cyclists
and fewer cars on the road, but cyclists need to step up to
their own responsibilities and be more aware of the potential
for danger that they present. For instance, I gave up walking
to work along Portsmouth Drive a couple of years ago because
of the constant danger/near misses from inconsiderate
cyclists going in the same direction.
A further hazard for cyclists and car drivers is the
dangerous habit of bus drivers to angle-park at bus stops
with the back of the bus potruding often well out into the
street.This is a very selfish habit. The bus stops are long
enough to parallel park so why do it?The parking police are
buddy buddy with bus drivers and do nothing.The bus company
management dont care. The police are never to be seen on the
streets. Does nobody care? Help!!
The very heart of your video is around how close you feel the
danger is to your chosen method of transport. Except
when you yourself get close to a runner that is. And then
suddenly we can't believe the wide angle lens? And what
truck was going to hit you if you 'swerved'? I
think a bell and brakes would have been my choice!
Perhaps Mr. Baker could clarify, but that area looks like
Northbound Andersons Bay Road and SH1 intersection. One
of the most unsettling in all of Dunedin, for cyclists,
drivers, pedestrians - all of us.
If it is, the point of video may have been to raise awareness
of what a dangerous section that is for all of us. On
this day, a jogger had put herself in an extremely dangerous
situation. Instead, perhaps she would have been better served
to ignore the lure of safety pretended by a painted lane in
the middle of a complicated, merging, multilane highway
intersection. I personally stopped cycling that route
last year for safety concerns - it just plain feels
To your point, it does appear the cyclist came uncomfortably
close to the jogger. But keep in mind it would be a
death wish for anyone to veer out of that particular bike
lane suddenly. If the cyclist didn't have time to do a
full 360 scan and pass safely, they have few choices left but
to slow down, stop, hold their line. It's hard to tell
from the fastforwarded video, as it appears more dangerous
than it probably was, but clearly the cyclist slowed down
But still, to drivers, cyclist, pedestrians alike: if you
can't pass safely, don't pass.
Sadly, I'd second the comment that video represents nothing
unusual in New Zealand. We have a long way to go as a
culture to become more considerate drivers. The good
work of Mr Baker will certainly help - keep it up!
So I should put my life at risk and swerve to avoid the
runner, to just get hit by a truck? Also, I should point out
that the very wide angle action cams tend to make distances
hard to judge.
I've looked at those headlamps, but from what I know having a
rear facing white light would be illegal, meaning I couldn't
look behind me.
So, to sum up this item up; a cyclist sees the same dangers
as every other road user? Seriously, where's the story
here..? Anyway, I bet that runner appreciated the close
fly-by as much as you do and the road works boys loved you
ripping through the middle of them - don't you have a bell /
the ability to slow down?
And yet look at how closely he comes to the runner in his
cycle lane. Like a lot of cyclists he displays as little care
and courtesy as the motorists he quite rightly lambasts.
Time to invest in 1000 Lumen helmet lamp (magic shine etc)
Riley. I keep mine trained a couple of bike lengths down the
road, and use it on half load cycle so as not to blind
other road users. In the event that someone starts pulling
out, you just need to give them a look and they are well
aware of your presence. $120 well spent.
I am amazed it took Riley two weeks to accumulate this number
of incidents. It looks like an ordinary day's commuter
cycling experience to me.
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