Line of Sight Trailer

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by Byron on Jun 13, 2012 at 5:21 AM


This is bike riding like you’ve never seen before, in gripping first-person perspective through the most hectic city streets, on expressways in Mexico City, over the frozen Charles River, under the Mediterranean Sea, across the Great Wall of China and deep into the jungles of Guatemala.

Line of Sight is a POV Alley Cat documentary from Lucas Brunelle.

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Comments: 16

awesome. now I know why cars hate cyclists.

Funny you post this right now. I just posted a tongue-in-cheek exact opposite video a couple of days ago…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj13D2eT38A&hd=1

See, now I feel so much less stressed watching your video.

No near collisions, no drivers locking them up, no pedestrians getting clipped. Everyone happy and getting along. Serendipity doo dah…

Thanks!

rantwick you radical guy - I’ll bet you respect or even stop at stop signs and avoid running red lights too!

Kevin’s got it - Line of Sight is “fun” but it really demonstrates why motorists (sometimes including me) hate cyclists who do truly unpredictable and dangerous stuff.  (I hate motorists who do random things too.)

My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it.

It is indeed a rare thing for me to run a red… I typically treat Stop signs like Yield signs. I also filter forward sometimes, but usually not when I’m downtown and only when there is a real advantage and I won’t just get overtaken again by the cars I passed a block before.

So all kidding aside, Byron - I’m a genuinely disappointed. On The Spokesmen podcast, you and the crew routinely promote the message that in order for cyclists to be treated equally by motorists, then they need to obey laws and act in a respectable manner to other uses of the road.

This video is promoting (and seeking to make money) of just the opposite. That it is *cool* and *radical* to disobey traffic laws and treat pedestrians and vehicles as racing cones to be veered in and out of.

Further, these are not ‘exceptional’ riders (as promoted in the video) when compared to say even age groupers at your weekend cyclo-cross, crit or mt. bike race event. Their performance actually in fact depends and preys on others having a genuine regard for their well being - even if they are too stupid to deserve it. Witness the event in the trailer where the car has to lock up the brakes to avoid slamming into the rider that cuts in front of him. Are there kids in that car? What if the driver swerved onto the sidewalk and into a pedestrian to avoid the cyclist? My guess is that content would be left on the editing floor - because reality is something that the Director feels just doesn’t keep with the ‘theme’ of the ‘film’.

The real trouble is the kids that see this and idolize this type of behavior as a way of ‘rebelling’. And when they emulate this behavior and end up pinned and in traction in an ER, with months of painful rehab ahead of them - the director of this film will be sitting poolside having umbrella drinks with their ticket money.

I think there are plenty of exciting aspects to cycling which trump this kind of sensationalized irresponsible content.

Just seeing this now traveling and at a conference. I understand your concern, but we cover bike culture and it’s a provocative movie. Also cinematically amazing. We shouldn’t ignore other subsets of the culture, cause we don’t agree with their values or how they ride. To me, and us, it is what it is and we should view it. Then discuss. I posted this to twitter yesterday:

With messengers prevelant in pop culture, suggest spending some time getting to know them.

with a link to http://messmedia.org/ and also said this is a straight-up, real-life alternative to Premium Rush that’s about to hit theaters with a Hollywood version of messengers. Remember last year there was a reality show about messengers too.

To Alleycats, I don’t race those cause I race sanctioned on the road, cross, and Mnt.  I also value the health of my knees and don’t ride fixed gears without breaks.

This movie is like any other look at a scene. You can just to ignore it, or denounce it, or better understand where they’re coming from.

There are dark sides to everything… I watch street racing and drifting vids cuz they’re interesting… Doesn’t mean I condone it and I don’t look at all motorists as punks. The video Byron posted just reinforces the stereotype of messengers… So I do my best not to look anything like them

@coach in another thread on this, a reader said this is cycling’s base jumping. If Red Bull sponsored it, maybe it’d become an X-Game.

Byron, I understand and respect your point. But this is not akin to things like BASE jumping or even drifting. In both those sports, the participants are basically endangering themselves alone. The type of riding depicted in this video involves other involuntary ‘participants’ (pedestrians and drivers) and puts them in harms way. Put them on a closed course and I have no issue with their personal freedom.

IMHO - It’s also not an accurate depiction of messenger culture. It’s a distortion of it - focusing on one aspect / sub-culture. I read ‘The Immortal Class’ when it came out years ago, and have known / ridden / raced with several messengers on the mt. bike circuit back in the 90’s. My impression of all of them was that they valued their lives / well being more than the adrenaline risk taking that is depicted in this video and more and more a theme of today’s ‘Jack Ass’ crazed society.

But perhaps things have changed and I’m just an old curmudgeon.

Ride on.

Posting on a topic doesn’t imply condoning and I didn’t wrap the post in any opinion here.

For those who believe videos like this make the ‘wrong impression’ about cyclists: I’m curious if movies like Cannonball Run, Smokey & the Bandit, Blues Brothers, Fast and the Furious, etc have colored the public’s perception about driving behavior.

@Richard M. - Not apples to apples. Those are all productions done on closed sets.

Respectfully, Fritz, the movies you mentioned are works of fiction. The movie in the trailer is a documentary that shows real life events. I’ll grant you that the Cannonball Run is loosely based upon an actual car rally, and I don’t condone any unsafe or illegal actions on the part of the participants therein. I for one do not condone the glorification of Alley Cat races, certain actions of Critical Mass participants, or the self-righteous, entitled behaviors shown in the trailer for this film. Alley Cats in the middle of urban traffic are dangerous for the cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, and reinforce the stereotypes about cyclists that many of us work so hard to dispel.

I have to say that I agree with David.
I cringed the most at the bit in the trailer where a couple of riders dodged through a line of pedestrians crossing the street. It made me think of this story : http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57410793-71/cyclist-hits-pedestrian-posts-eulogy-for-helmet-say-officials/
I’ll admit that I may be impressed by the reaction time that some of the riders in the trailer exhibit but it doesn’t change the fact that they are riding like jerks. I have no problem with the riders placing their own lives and well-being at risk. I have a great deal of problem with them endangering others with their behavior.

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