Dear cyclist: Do not taunt the monster in the room, because he might hurt you when he gets angry! He’s utterly unable to control himself and it’s your own stupid fault if he hurts you after you point a camera at him.
Cameras worn by cyclists to highlight the daily dangers they face from motorists on Britain’s roads are fuelling tensions between car and bike users, a new study argues.
Kah Chan, a behavioural expert at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has argued in a new study that the cameras could be further antagonising the two groups.
“The observable net effect of the increased use of cameras is one of distrust between modes of transport. Why have traffic relationships deteriorated to the point that cyclists feel the need for cameras as a self-defence mechanism?
Kah Chan, who has a degree in “Digital Media – 3D Animation” and teaches video game design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, claims that his research shows that sharing helmet cam footage online only antagonizes the poor victims who are shown in the videos.
Mr Chan also tells cyclists to fit in better by avoiding bike-specific kit and wearing normal clothing to get around.
More in the Independent: Helmet cams for cyclists set road users on collision course. I don’t know if the news article gives an accurate representation of Chan’s view, but on the surface it’s pretty infuriating.