I've been thinking a lot, lately, about the things that I see while I'm on my bike. Commuting every day in New York you come across a lot of varying situations ranging from interesting, to exciting, to terrifying, and everywhere in between. While cycling (and commuting in particular) has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years, there are still plenty of people out there with a lot of misgivings about daily commuting. Whether it's for fear of their safety, a matter of convenience, or just plain laziness there's always a reason not to ride. I want to show just how easy it is to spend every day on the bike, even in bad weather.
That's the first goal, the other goals are a little less concrete, but just as important. I want to highlight some poor habits that we cyclists tend towards, and be honest about the fact that I'm not the most "by the book" rider either. But I want to show these behaviors in context, so that drivers and pedestrians can see where we cyclists are coming from. I want to make a beautiful movie, and let people see some of the great parts of the city that you miss from a train or from the inside of a car. I want it to be exciting, I want viewers to feel like they're on the bike too, rushing down the Manhattan or Williamsburg Bridge.
So for the next year, rather than putting on my helmet and heading out the door on my bike, I'll put on my helmet camera. Every time I head out for a leisurely ride, or a training ride, or maybe even a race, I'll document it. And at the end of one year, I'll whittle down all of the footage into an entertaining, and hopefully enlightening film of my year on the bike, from my point of view. Obviously, I'll edit along the way so that I can actually release the film in a timely manner, and I'm sure I'll enlist a lot of help from my friends along the way.
The only thing I need to get started is the camera and somewhere to store the footage. $800 will cover a nice camera from the good people at V.I.O. and a decent sized external hard drive. Any extra will go towards better editing software and any other costs that are sure to come up along the way. Thanks for checking out my project!
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