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Friday, June 10, 2011

Cyclist records his crashes in cycle lane over silly fine


He's a cycle-path: Irate film-maker records himself smashing into obstacles in bike lane in protest over £33 fine

Last updated at 12:14 PM on 10th June 2011
An irate cyclist has pictured himself crashing into obstacles in bike lanes in protest at being hit with a fine.
Casey Neistat, 29, smashed into a police car, taxi, truck and roadworks in New York after he was handed a £33 ticket for riding outside a cycle lane.
He decided to stick rigidly to the letter of the law by staying within the lines and deliberately rode into every obstacle to show how dangerous cycling can be.
Queasy rider: Casey Neistat, 29, smashes into the back of a truck in the cycle lane in New York in protest at a £33 fine
Queasy rider: Casey Neistat, 29, smashes into the back of a truck in the cycle lane in New York in protest at a £33 fine
Someone give him a ticket: The film-maker got a friend to record his hour-long commute and even hit a parked police car
Someone give him a ticket: The film-maker got a friend to record his hour-long commute and even hit a parked police car
Mr Neistat has become a YouTube sensation with more than 700,000 hits in just two days after getting a friend to video his hour-long journey across Manhattan.
During the footage, he said: 'The bicycle lane is not the safest place to be.
'Ticket the people blocking the lanes, not the cyclists.
'They look much more dramatic than they were - the falls. Everything we found, I crashed into. I refused to leave the bike lane.
'I don't feel like the bike lanes are really respected yet.'
Who left that there? Mr Neistat has nearly 900,000 hits on his video on YouTube
Who left that there? Mr Neistat has nearly 900,000 hits on his video on YouTube
Up and over: A bemused bystander watches on as the cyclist piles into a rubbish pin
Up and over: A bemused bystander watches on as the cyclist piles into a rubbish pin
But the film-maker said the original aim behind the footage was comedy.
He told the Huffington Post: 'My number one motivation to make this movie was to be funny.
'I’m not trying to rise up against the man. I'm just trying to make a funny movie.'
Oh bollards: Mr Neistat makes his point by crashing into roadwork barriers
Oh bollards: Mr Neistat makes his point by crashing into roadwork barriers
Balanced commentary: The film-maker was handed the ticket for not riding in the cycle lane
Balanced commentary: The film-maker was handed the ticket for not riding in the cycle lane


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002024/Hes-cycle-path-Irate-film-maker-records-smashing-obstacles-bike-lane-protest-33-fine.html#ixzz1OsTG20Ex

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