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06-10-2011, 02:07 AM
NYC resident Casey Neistat took his frustrations with obstructed bike lanes to YouTube


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A frustrated bike rider intentionally crashed into trucks, taxis, and even a police car on camera, but there was a message behind the two-wheeled madness that’s become a sensation on YouTube.

It’s the ticket that launched a viral video sensation – Manhattan filmmaker Casey Neistat was fined for riding outside of the bike lanes.

In his video, he made a painful point about blocked bike lanes, riding directly into the various obstructions blocking them, reports CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

“They look much more dramatic than they were – the falls,” Neistat said.

In two days, Neistat’s video has netted more than 700,000 hits on YouTube.

“Everything we found, I crashed into,” he said. “I refused to leave the bike lane.”
It all began on a rainy day in May, when Neistat was ticketed while riding his bike on Second Avenue.

“I don’t feel like the bike lanes are really respected yet,” Neistat said.

(http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/03/16/nypd-ticketing-bicyclists-running-red-lights/)He believes the NYPD is wrong to ticket riders outside lanes because the bike lanes are blocked on a regular basis.

Neistat spent an hour showing what strict adherence to bike lanes can lead to, crashing into cars, cones and other assorted obstructions.
CBS 2 asked the mayor about Neistat’s ticket.

“I don’t know if we gave a ticket out that we shouldn’t have,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I haven’t seen the video, but generally speaking, you have to obey the laws.”

The law stipulates that riders must use bike lanes “whenever a usable path or lane for bicycles has been provided.”

For Neistat, the key word is “usable” and he ends his video with a point about the NYPD.

“I hope in time, when people see a bike lane, they’re like, ‘well, it’s a bike lane, I can’t obstruct that,’” he said.

He made his point in dramatic fashion, saving a crash into an NYPD cruiser – which was blocking a bike lane – for last.

Neistat said he didn’t end up with any injuries, but with a bent fork, his bike is no longer road-worthy. He said his experience as a skateboarder taught him how to take a tumble safely off a bicycle.

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06-10-2011, 07:17 AM
Awesome video! My husband rides 3 times a week and many Saturdays does 80-100 miles. Casey is my hero! My hero does need to wear his helmet. His brain would be a terrible one to splatter! Pollution free transportation with health benenfits should be supported.


10-27-2011, 03:32 AM
Of course, there's always another side to the "cyclists vs motorists vs pedestrians" argument:

Bus driver walks free from assault charge as court finds he was provoked into punching cyclist
by: Mark Oberhardt
From: The Courier-Mail (http://www.couriermail.com.au/)
October 26, 2011 12:36PM

A BRISBANE City council bus driver has been acquitted of assaulting a cyclist after a jury found he was provoked into punching the man.
A District Court jury in Brisbane had been asked to consider only one aspect to the case - whether Leon James Zahnow was provoked when he assaulted cyclist Gregory Ralph Jardine in Given Tce, Paddington, about 7.30am on December 10, 2009.

The jury retired to consider its verdict at 10.45am Wednesday and returned with a not guilty verdict shortly after noon.

Judge Richard Jones told the jury that the legal term provocation was never an easy one but they had obviously given the matter considerable thought.

Judge Jones thanked the jury for its efforts and then discharged Mr Zahnow.

The trial heard Mr Jardine, an architect, was on a morning bike ride, when he got into an argument with Mr Zahnow after Mr Jardine "adjusted or interfered'' with the side mirror of the bus driven by Zahnow.

It was alleged Mr Jardine had been upset at how close the bus came to him.

The pair both eventually stopped down the road, with Mr Zahnow asking Mr Jardine to re-adjust his mirror to its original position.

Mr Jardine tried to adjust the mirror and then the bus's windscreen wipers, resulting in Mr Zahnow pushing Mr Jardine backwards, over his bicycle.

The trial heard they continued to argue, with Mr Jardine pulling a pen from Mr Zahnow's pocket and dropping it on the ground.

It was alleged Mr Jardine then called Mr Zahnow "stupid and fat'', resulting in Mr Zahnow punching the cyclist in the face.

Mr Zahnow pleaded not guilty to one count of assaulting Mr Jardine and causing him bodily harm.

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