NYC Cyclist Purposely Runs Into Things to Make Point, Houston Cyclists Nod in Approval

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New York City cyclist Casey Neistat got a $50 ticket for riding outside the bike lane in the city. Like many cities, New York is seeing an increase in cyclists on the roadways. Houston is certainly no different. Despite massive sprawl and a square footage big enough to hold like five New York Cities inside our limits, lots of people get out and ride bikes.

The problem is that, as Neistat pointed out in this video, there are often things blocking the very bicycle lanes cyclist are required to remain inside. So, to prove a point, Neistat filmed himself running into a bunch of them.

From cabs and trucks to construction work and even a police car, he sacrificed himself to demonstrate the difficulty of following that rule.

No doubt Houston cyclists often feel the same. It can be impossible to stay in bike lanes and riding on the street often means you take your life into your own hands, literally. With two cyclist deaths in the past two months, I bet plenty of riders can understand Neistat's frustration.

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jeffbalke
jeffbalke

Honestly, I'm surprised and disappointed anyone would think I was making light of the people who died. I was, in fact, doing exactly the opposite in highlighting exactly how dangerous it is to ride a bike when bike lanes are clogged with cars, construction and the like. I ride my bike often on crowded streets and in bike lanes where possible. It's horribly dangerous and I thought what this particular person did was highlight just how hard others make it for cyclists, sometimes without even thinking about it.

I'm really sorry if it sounded at ALL like I was trying to be funny. I was horrified by both deaths and it has caused me to re-think where and when I ride personally. Anyone who knows me knows I would never make light of the suffering of another person. I cannot remove something that has already been published, but I am disturbed by the response and, frankly, feel awful about it.

rossdbucklin
rossdbucklin

Please remove the last paragraph of the story. The tragic deaths of the cyclists in Houston have nothing to do with bike lanes, and nothing to do with this story.

PeopleAreStupid
PeopleAreStupid

So it would be appropriate for cars to run into objects in the middle of the of the street to prove a point? Common sense and being defensive is also a critical part when behind any wheel.

moransa
moransa

For shame.  Relating a cheese-ball goofy satire video to recent cyclist deaths?  Bad form, HP.  

Chuy Benitez
Chuy Benitez

This is not a story. This is 2 years old. And for you to connect this with the two deaths in the past weeks is almost an insult to those riders

chuybenitez
chuybenitez

This is not a story.  This is 2 years old.  And for you to connect this with the two deaths in the past weeks is almost an insult to those riders.

urbanhoustonian
urbanhoustonian

@jeffbalke Nothing in this article is even remotely an attempt at humor. The video lacks any of the slapstick oeuvre of an internet #fail video. It's a shame you've been attacked like this.

What's even worse is reactions like this prevent any kind rational debate over the issues of bikes on Houston streets, and how we can work toward streets that are safe for everyone.

sllew
sllew

@chuybenitez Actually his point is extremely valid--all of the bike lanes in Houston are terrible. Most are covered in so much mud/dirt/rock that even venturing into them is death wish on a road bike. This guy is simply making a point that bikers are discriminated against and at risk even while riding in their "designated lane". This is in no way an insult to the deaths--It's a comical video that brings awareness to biking and biking safety. Kudos to this guy.

chuybenitez
chuybenitez

@sllew @chuybenitez BUT that's not how any of the cyclists died, so no, it is not valid!  If you know how online news websites work, it's all about the clicks these days, and this guy probably saw this video posted last week on Facebook and decided to turn it into a contorted article where the only relevancy he could muster is the recent and tragic deaths of 3 people in the Houston are. Just to get the clicks and the pat on the back form his editors for receiving said clicks. These deaths had nothing to do with Bike Lanes. To Jeff Blake, please remove your inappropriate connections to the Houston deaths and the video, please.

chumley
chumley

@Pffft. @chuybenitez 

You apparently got what you paid for in your free 12th grade education. Otherwise, you wouldn't say he got no say after he posted several times making his goofy point.

And I guess if radio is free and tv is mostly free and internet sites are free that what ...?....there's nothing of value there....?...that they won't let some goofball edit their content when offended?

Pffft.
Pffft.

@chuybenitez  You get what you pay for, dude.  Free paper?  You get no say.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@chuybenitez @sllew Who doesn't love some dark humor? People handle things in different ways. Hell, I say go even darker.

Bettina
Bettina

@chuybenitez @sllew 

I know about the recent bike deaths in Houston. I ride in Houston daily. This doesn't offend me one bit. It draws attention to the condition that you can't paint a few lines on the pavement and think it solves a problem. 

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@chuybenitez @sllew I'm sorry, but it is against policy to remove published story content -- and for good reason. I am not allowed to remove that content once it is there. I did respond in the comments above.

chuybenitez
chuybenitez

@sllew @chuybenitez I will be satisfied if they remove the last paragraph.  Those deaths are not someone anyone in the cycling community is taking lightly right now.  We have all been deeply affected by it. Please remove the last paragraph, Jeff Balke

sllew
sllew

@chuybenitez It had to do with bike awareness and safety, regardless of the deaths. Get a grip, man. 

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