Winnipeg cyclist captures dangerous encounters with drivers on camera
Ian Walker has been collecting road data on Winnipeg drivers since August
A Winnipeg cyclist has been riding his bike around the city with two GoPros, one on his helmet, the other on the back of his bike.
Ian Walker has been collecting data for MPI for the past five months. He says the public insurer plans to use the video as an educational tool for new drivers.
"It's very scary. I often think of my wife and my kids and my family after things like that happen. I recognize that I'm vulnerable and I might not come home," he said.
But that doesn't deter him from biking to and from work every day, and to any errand he needs to run. His biking includes recreational runs with his two children in tow in a child carrier.
Drivers play 'chicken'
On the plus side, he said having cameras - which are clearly visible - has "significantly" reduced the number of road rage incidents he experiences as a cyclist.
"It allows them to understand there's this silent witness recording what they're doing," he said.
Walker welcomes new legislation giving cyclists a one-meter berth between them and drivers. Currently, the rule in Manitoba is that drivers simply keep a "safe distance" while passing.
"There's a lack of enforcement currently, with the current laws," Walker said.
Cyclists break the rules, too
"At the end of the day, what we'll always be working for ... is to have every level of government go in and build cycling infrastructure," he said.
Just as not all drivers drive dangerously on the road, he says not all cyclists ride safely either.
"Obey stop signs, obey traffic lights, don't ride the wrong way down one way streets, don't ride on the sidewalk," he says to cyclists.
He'll continue to be out on the roads with his cameras until August. He hopes he doesn't capture too many more dangerous moments.
"It doesn't take long to take the time to pass somebody safely. If you don't though, the repercussions will last a lifetime."