Cyclocross just might be the perfect sport for helmet and handlebar cameras. Tight racing, diverse courses, adverse weather conditions, and rabid fans within an arm’s reach are all there to make for entertaining videos. So it’s no surprise we see a ton of GoPro Hero cameras and other brands of helmet and handlebar cameras out on the race course.
Additionally, using them in training can be useful to build your hero status with friends, study your own technique and line choice, or give friends a view of themselves. But just a few days ago, two unfortunate cyclists in Berkeley, California gave all cyclists another good reason to record training rides — to help document drivers who endanger your life.
The two cyclists were climbing up Tunnel Road in the hills above Berkeley and Oakland, a popular training road for East Bay cyclists (and former stomping grounds of 2007 Masters Cyclocross National Champion Andy Jacques-Maynes and Cyclocross Magazine publisher Andrew Yee). The cyclists were well within the road’s ample bike lane when a driver leveled them and sped off without stopping.
Thankfully, their camera captured the accident as well as the the car’s license plate and make (a black Acura Integra) which helped police find the car so they could eventually make an arrest. See the video footage of the Berkeley hit-and-run below:
Hopefully, none of you will ever need such footage, but besides eating up some flash memory and hard drive space, recording your training might not hurt and could lead to justice. Thankfully, the two riders were largely uninjured.
While the guy deserves to be arrested for the hit-and-run these guys should really get ticketed as well. They posted a video in which they clearly run a stop sign at 0:02 and again at 1:17 and there didn't seem to be any attempt at signaling. If we, as cyclists, choose to ride in the street we need to follow the same rules required of all other users. Yes that does include signaling, yielding to pedestrians, and stopping at stop signs and lights.
I live in Colorado ...and bike some beautiful out of the way areas....and not a week goes by that some redneck in a 70's Pick -up doesn't try and kill me...had to call 911 last week ...guy came across the road and ran me off the road...more pissed about having to ditch my bike...I'm getting a camera today...
According to the linked news articles,the perpetrator Michael Medaglia, 43, of Oakland, was arrested for possession of heroin, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation, and felony hit-and-run. So even if system gives him a slap on the wrist for the hit-and-run, he is still looking down the barrel of a serious sentence.