“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
“The boom in helmet cameras is symptomatic of the safety issues on our roads, as traffic speeds, poor infrastructure and a lack of driver training can make it incredibly dangerous for people who choose to ride a bike.” — Martyn Brunt
The question begs – why are car drivers so easily antagonized by a video record of their own actions?
“Why have traffic relationships deteriorated to the point that cyclists feel the need for cameras as a self-defence mechanism?”
Have traffic relationships deteriorated? Around here I think the situation’s been improving over the decades, and the increased number of cameras is simply due to the availability and price of cameras. Had they been available 30 years ago, cyclists would have used them then.
I would call a camera passive aggressive. Cops, random strangers, and drivers all hate the idea that you are recording them as they do feel like they are being blamed for something. Guilty conscience maybe?
I don’t currently use a camera… if I did, it would only be for the sake of telling my story if someone killed me and I wasn’t around to tell the story myself. Of course, I would seriously consider sharing any footage that involved a blatant attempt, by a motorist, to intimidate me (to the point of it being a serious risk to my life).
As for privacy concerns, I can’t afford to keep data for more than a couple of rides.