Blame the victim #FAIL.
Ouch, that had to hurt. The pedestrian was too nice… the cyclist committed the most egregious act of the two.
Double fail, both breaking the law.
No sense of direction. No helmet. No good.
(I second Jack's comment.)
And the cyclist post this video? He's defiantly the wost! What do you think is going to happen going the wrong way!
Consider this a wake up. Next it will be a bigger item, like a truck pulling out. They won't see you either, cause you're not supposed to be there!
Don't ride where it's not safe.
You gotta love how he blames the pedestrian (not).
You're right: too many hazards riding the wrong way like that; the pedestrian is the least of his potential worries.
What if a car was driving the way and a bicyclist darted across the street without checking for wrong way drivers? Who would be at greater fault?
Yes, I thought you would say the car.
What a tit! I don't know about the USA but in the UK 'Xwalks' are advisory and pedestrians have right of way anyway (taking care etc). As a cyclist if I had been him I would have crawled into a hole, as a pedestrian i would have inserted the idiot's camera anally! Can't describe my anger at these twonks. Person on a bike NOT a 'cyclist'.
A great video. I love how some cyclists state that they are justified in selectively ignoring traffic laws because they are not as big a threat to others as motor vehicles. It is both a true statement and an invalid justification.
This is a nice companion to the question about running the red light at a T junction. You may not see the pedestrian, and he/she will definitely not be expecting you to run the red, and thus not look out for you.
He's not paying attention, riding the wrong way, hits a pedestrian, blames him, and then doesn't apologize. Responsible cycling FAIL.
In the United States, crossing midblock is usually considered jaywalking (crossing illegally), but it's also expected pedestrian behavior in urban environments. In my opinion, the cyclist is in the wrong.
In early 1900's America, 'jay' was a pejorative term for stupidity and ignorance, so a jaywalker is an idiot walker. American automobile interests promoted the term as they worked to redefine public streets as places where pedestrians do not belong. According to this Wikipedia article, a counter-campaign to name and disapprove of “jaydrivers” failed.
Oh, and then after the collision he gets on the sidewalk and starts riding on it. FAIL.
What a douchebag this cyclist is. Drives me nuts both when I'm driving and when I'm cycling. Just because you CAN do something does not mean you SHOULD. Cyclists need to obey all the traffic laws just like motorists… including stopping at red lights and stop signs.
The jaywalk doesn't cancel it out. I can't tell if that's NYC, but when you *are* in NYC, half the streets go one way, and half the other. Whether you're on a crosswalk or not, you get used to only looking in the direction the traffic is supposed to be coming from. Sure, one should look both ways for their own well-being, but technically, you should only have to look in the direction traffic should be traveling from.
I felt my stomach sinking just watching the cyclist turn the wrong way on the street. You have to know something bad is coming, right? Beyond that, I agree with a previous reply… what kind of person does something this dumb and then posts it on YouTube. Really? You want people to think all cyclists are as insane as you are (not to mention rude – at least apologize to the guy)? We already know that we're (cyclists) lumped together, whether good, bad or other, and I know I don't want to be associated with this kind of fool.
The biker is a total A$$HOLE. End of story.
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Knob Jockey Cyclist, and he post's it as well, just how dumb is this guy?
i thought the video was hilarious. i'm glad nobody got hurt. i'm not surprised that many commenters here blame only the cyclist — typical.
“cancels out! keep walkin!”. so frickin funny. like a prep school playground, but two adults, both outlaws, one scruffy and the other in a suit — two walks of life brought together for just a moment in time — would it be harmony? — would they combine?? — no, they would not combine — they bounced off one another. alas.
the commenter who said “Oh, and then after the collision he gets on the sidewalk and starts riding on it. FAIL.” meanwhile, the guy who got knocked down while jaywalking, after the collision…continues jaywalking. FAIL.
but there are bigger FAILs here than even the anti-bike comments and the so-called FAILs of the jaywalker and the salmon (who are not, in actuality, FAILing at all) — the FAILs of this one-way street, and all one-way streets.
all one-way streets _will_ be changed back to two-way streets. it's just a matter of time. get on the bandwagon now and get on the right side of history. the 'blame the cyclist' game is only going to be popular for a few more years. NYC, the apparent scene of this crime, is already starting this process of returning their streets to sanity.
I am a cyclist, I can drive but have never owned a car. As a pedestrian I cross roads wherever I feel it is 'safe'. As a cyclist, (my primary transport choice) I do not travel the wrong way down one-way streets, it's not safe in countries with low cycle-use. I agree that all streets will one day be two-way, as they are only one-way to stop motorised vehicle-drivers stabbing each other, BUT in my opinion the cyclist was in the wrong.
In the low countries you can ride a bicycle down any urban street the wrong way but you are vigilant to other road-users, obstacles and hazards. Having carried out his 'risk-assessment' to journey against the traffic-flow and travel against the legal constraints on the direction of travel he then failed to be vigilant, and placed himself with a spiral of escalating risk. Collision not accident. Exactly the charge we cyclists love to level at all other road users (including other cyclists) all the time.
The biggest issue for me is the fact that this behaviour is what all car-drivers and pedestrians want to say we all do. Then this idiot put it on the web to prove it is done by a minority.
Campaign for change in the priorities and the layout of our streets, look where you are going and cover your brakes wherever you ride works for me.
I'm sure the ticket for driving/riding the wrong way is far more expensive than a jaywalking ticket – Thus, the two offenses do not “cancel each other out”.
In the Seattle area wrong-way travel is a $324 ticket last I heard.
There are a lot of 'double-fail' or 'they were both wrong' apologists in this comments forum. Sorry, but that's bull. This clown on his bike was completely in the wrong; he was behaving recklessly and had the obligation to keep his behavior from preventing a risk to a more vulnerable road user. And yes, he's a complete moron for then putting it on the internet so that everyone can use it as evidence that cyclists are scofflaws.
If that had been me that got hit like that by a bicyclist, I'd have gotten up, pushed the snot nosed peckerhead off his bike and bashed the hell out of the bike. He definitely wouldn't have been able to ride it away. There's absolutely NO excuse for riding the wrong way on ANY street. What a clear demonstration of a bike riding MORON.
Idiot rider is completely at fault. Any rider is responsible for the effects of any action as is any other vehicle on the streets. This sort of idiot will bring the heat on all of us. But the brakeless dummies proliferating everywhere are the worst. REMEMBER TO SIGN YOUR ORGAN DONOR CARDS.
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