Did you cycle your way into Google Street View?

Snapped as the car went past? Prove it!

by Tom Henry   March 12, 2010  

Jurek waving on Google Street View

When Google Street View first came out, there was something of a minor hoo-haa about cameras catching people doing things or being in places they shouldn't be. There were one or two red faces as otherwise respectable gentlemen were snapped coming out of seedy massage parlours and the police were quite interested in well-known villains photographed in 'interesting' locations.

But what about the rest of us? Are you immortalised in situ on Street View? And, of more interest to us at road.cc, were you snapped on your trusty two-wheeled steed?

Road.cc reader Nick Rearden knows someone who does – his mate Jurek, who lives in London. Nick writes: “Jurek started me cycling at school. He sent this link to me this morning and it took a while for it to dawn on me that Street View must have gone live everywhere. I'm guessing he must have spotted the Google car and waved before a very patient wait to see if he had appeared. Makes you wonder how many other cyclists have spotted themselves on their bikes?”

A competition for road.cc'ers appearing on Street View? Sounds like a great idea! Post us your pix and there's a road.cc cycle t-shirt for every entry… although we may have to re-think that if Streetview caught you and your mates out on a club run or we run out. Oh and sorry but it's UK only cos our postal budget won't stretch that far, well maybe for something exceptional it might.

Update: Our tiffin time deadline (see below) for posting has now passed and we are out of T-shirts, but if you have a pic of yourself on your bike on Street View please share it and your story with the rest of us, they've all be really interesting so far… so no pressure then.

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here's me with just one hill to go before home

they even got my best side

posted by VecchioJo [808 posts]
12th March 2010 - 21:06


I was snapped last year:


And, schoolboy-for-brains, I couldn't resist using the UK-wide Streetview to go poking around Pratts Bottom, and other such rude placenames:


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posted by @carltonreid [7 posts]
12th March 2010 - 21:07


Here's me, albeit with my head rather squashed by the Street View camera:


I'm so glad I was wearing my red jersey and red helmet that day to co-ordinate with the red bike with red bar tape.

Is it sad I can remember exactly where I was a year ago when I was passed by the Street View car?

posted by cakefox [3 posts]
12th March 2010 - 22:01


This is me in blue and the Mrs in red out on a Stonehouse Wheelers club ride one evening. http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=haresfield...

And then this is me cycling up a 1 in 8 on a lightweight 1980s Raleigh with Brooks saddle and matching leather tape.

posted by peterkvt80 [4 posts]
12th March 2010 - 22:06


I was so excited to hear the streetview had finally gone live in our area. I remember the car going by just as I was heading out for a little off-road jaunt middle of last year.
I even waved Smile

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posted by cw42 [35 posts]
12th March 2010 - 22:31

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Mrs Psychalist and myself cycle touring on Islay last June. So glad they had film in the camera that day! http://bit.ly/ak8XXD

posted by Psychalist [24 posts]
12th March 2010 - 22:33


Oh - and go easy on the comments about me riding a three wheeler - that extra one is courtesy of Google.

posted by Psychalist [24 posts]
12th March 2010 - 22:34

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Here I am, discovered it yesterday. Riding out to a TT back in the summer on the Isle of Wight. Trace the road back, there are soem more of us too Smile



posted by seanthecyclist [1 posts]
13th March 2010 - 0:04


I am in front of Jurek, not waving.

posted by Adrian C [8 posts]
13th March 2010 - 10:23

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I let a van overtake me as I came back from a ride in Norfolk, tried to catch it up again when I worked out what it was !


posted by jengy [70 posts]
13th March 2010 - 19:35



If you zoom in enough, I'm third from left with my arms crossed Smile

Where's my t-shirt....blue please Smile

posted by thomase [16 posts]
13th March 2010 - 21:23


that's me in the pic. Yellow jersey. Fame at last!

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posted by Simon Legg [1 posts]
14th March 2010 - 0:27

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Tell you what, as the sumbitter, I'll have the T and share it with the rest of the club Wink


posted by al_bullit [5 posts]
15th March 2010 - 11:38

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al_bullit wrote:
Tell you what, as the sumbitter, I'll have the T and share it with the rest of the club Wink

heh. we're not made of tees Smile

One more day to run on this one then, i reckon. If you're on streetview on your bike you've got until tiffin time today to tell us (4pm) - then we'll bag and tag all those shirts!

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7855 posts]
15th March 2010 - 11:52


posted by adscrim [135 posts]
15th March 2010 - 15:04

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I love this these pics are so interesting. Hope people will keep posting even after our Tiffin time deadline!

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
15th March 2010 - 15:26


Here's a guy from the local cycling club looking very smart (although he's just broken the law by riding the wrong way down a one-way street)


Although you'd never know it, I'm the second one here


posted by stereojet [142 posts]
15th March 2010 - 17:48

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He's the one at the back, having trouble logging in so he asked me to post before cut-off time. More info here - http://birminghamcyclist.ning.com/photo/snapped-by-google-street-view



posted by lessismore [35 posts]
15th March 2010 - 20:13


hey people!
This is for sure the very first Bullitt cargobike who was "shot" 2 times on one day by Google in Portugal.
First, a "drive-by-shooting" on a pedestrian way:
Second, one hour later in front of the office:

Cheers to yo all!

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posted by Lisbonize [1 posts]
16th March 2010 - 23:56


Hi all - is this the first tandem to make it onto Streetview?


posted by RichardW [1 posts]
18th March 2010 - 13:14

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I have the double whammy of waving to you all in the pic at the top of this article in addition to this being my second appearance on Streetview, surely that entitles me and my erstwhile riding companions to some t-shirts. No?

posted by Jurek [6 posts]
19th March 2010 - 10:28


I saw the Google Streetview car on the way to work in Guildford last summer. It was waiting to turn out of Woodbridge Meadows as I approached on the cyclepath from the River, but I was a fair way off so I'm tiny in this picture.



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posted by Crankwinder [17 posts]
19th March 2010 - 17:34

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nice pic Crankwinder0 are you at the limit of the mighty google zoom there. It is pretty mighty too, thomase back up near the top is damn near invisible on the standard view.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
19th March 2010 - 17:46

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So I followed the car as it continued along the main road - only they'd shot that some other time. Today they were evidently doing the side roads. It had to stop at the lights under the concrete "footbridge" alongside the railway, that everyone furtively cycles over - ever since they sliced Guildford in two by "improving" the A3 into a virtual motorway - but without a hard shoulder. You know the scene.
I waited to see where the car would go next, and it turned left up to Midleton Industrial Estate, so here's me again, on the pavement, but not actually riding on it at that moment!



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posted by Crankwinder [17 posts]
19th March 2010 - 17:47


your t-shirt is in the post Jurek.

BTW some of the other posters who made the cut off still haven't been in touch with their addresses so we can send them their Ts… we have run out of certain sizes and colours so get in touch quick to avoid disappointment

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
19th March 2010 - 17:48

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Must have been a fun job - following the main road from my house the pictures change season at almost every click along the route

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
19th March 2010 - 17:50

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I've found Streetview really useful for writing the route instructions for the next tour I'm leading. When I write "signposted to Arcos de la Frontera" I now know it really is - even though 15 years must have passed since I last went that way.
Snag is though: it now takes even longer to write the route than ride it!


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posted by Crankwinder [17 posts]
19th March 2010 - 18:07


Further to my Street view image, the Mrs was carrying her camera around her neck and grabbed a quick pic of the Google car as it passed. The car is left hand drive and has a foreign number plate.

Our club is a bit varied and you can see a tandem and a trike out on that evening.



posted by peterkvt80 [4 posts]
19th March 2010 - 22:30

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Thanks for the T-shirt, much appreciated

posted by Adrian C [8 posts]
28th March 2010 - 21:01

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