There’s a cyclist in Cambridge who travels around the city with a camera on his helmet, verbally challenging motorists, bus drivers and pedestrians whenever they offend his 2-wheel sensibilities.
Whenever he is wronged, he catches up with the offender (easily done in Cambridge’s grid locked traffic) and confronts them with their offences, which range from walking on a cyclepath, to not giving him enough space when overtaking.
His party trick is to point to his helmet-cam and shout – “I’m recording you, you’ll be on YouTube tonight! Want to see yourself on YouTube tonight?!”
He usually has a point. Watching the video coverage (yes, he does actually post it on YouTube), it’s clear that in most cases that he isn’t being given enough consideration as a cyclist, particularly by bus drivers and white van man.
However, there’s a strong sense that he’s actually waiting to have his cycling rights abused. He seems to crave the confrontation, probably continuously circumnavigating the ring road, acting as two-wheeled bait for careless road users, offering himself as a sacrifice in the name of cyclists’ rights.
As for the YouTube threat, I haven’t once seen evidence of a captured offender cowering with fright. “Not YouTube, please not YouTube, I’ll do anything, mend your punctures, clean you saddle with my tongue, hand-wash your lycra…….”.