Thursday 19 December 2013


I've been rather startled by reaction to my last blog post.

All I can say is, well, shucks. I didn't think it was that big a deal. But thank you all, really, for your kind words (here and on twitter) regarding this. It means a lot. 

When it comes down to it I got a close pass of a kind thats familiar to most of us, and it was one of the rare occasions I use a helmet cam, and it was an even rarer occasion of the police taking the report seriously. I don't know if this sets any kind of precedent or if it really should give us hope for more of the same. I hope it does, I doubt it, but time will tell.

Was the punishment enough? No, of course not. But its more than the big heap of nothing we normally see, and thats a good thing.

All I'll say is keep at it guys - whether or not this IS part of a change in how things will be will only be something that we can judge in retrospect. And I'll tell you for nowt - unless we get more active, unless we make more complaints and take yet more of these things to the police nothing will change.

This is not a call to arms. But if you can use the fact that we got a result this time to convince your local police that they really can get this through the CPS to the courts, then I'd be delighted. Good luck!


  1. I've always thought it strange that CCTV is now ubiquitous yet it's rarely used to detect crime. Maybe helmet cams, google glasses, etc will change things and hopefully you've contributed to that.

    I was wondering what type of camera you used for the footage? I don't normally wear a helmet so does it work if attached to the handlebars for example?

    In the last few months I've seen some astonishingly bad driving, the most exceptional being a motorist driving down Green End Road so fast that the car literally took off as hit the raised pedestrian crossing.

    If only I had it on film!

    1. I've got a little Muvi camera. If you search on Amazon you'll find it quick enough, cheap and cheerful little thing.

      You can certainly mount a camera on your handlebars or anywhere else really - in the Other Good Stuff links you'll see I link to Rad Wagon, he's got a cracking little home made rig to stick a camera on his bike, but there are a range of cameras with attachments available.

      Good luck filming your rides - it certainly doesn't hurt. And if I could be bothered I'd film a lot more of mine!