A Good Deed on the Bike Mapped

Followed this cyclist in street view and saw he did a good deed helping another cyclist change a flat, as proper etiquette dictates. The act was captured by the Google Maps car. I first noticed the cyclist when writing a post about cobblestoned streets in Seattle.

A screen recording of Street View

He was at the base of Blanchard and a few frames up and down the hill. Screenshot it. Then a reader commented that he followed the cyclist another block and saw him stop to help with a flat. That’s something us cyclists do, good karma, but unique that the Map Car was right there.

Drag the street view icon to the photo on the map and then follow the cyclist yourself.

Cool, huh? Some chance grooviness.


I dunno if proper etiquette should dictate that cyclists should help other cyclists fix puntures. Maybe we should just stop and ask if help is wanted rather than making an automatic assumption and then wading in like some sort of two wheeled hero. See Emily Chappell’s take on this for a helpee’s perspective rather than that of a helper.

The etiquette presumes you’ve acknowledged the need for help before approaching, just like asking if this chair if taken or excuse me inline.

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