This edition of the road.cc video round-up has something of an international feel to it. We’ve got a video of a belligerent bus driver in Budapest, the story of a Bristol-based bike project, an unusual cycle path crash in Washington DC and some nimble Danish bike messengers.
So strap in and expect bumps, bruises and five-day stays in the intensive care unit. Here’s the road.cc video round-up.
We begin our international whistlestop tour in Budapest. The video is titled ‘sooner or later’ which suggests that this poor cyclist had expected one of the buses in his city to hit him at some point. I doubt he’d have expected it to happen in such violent fashion though.
Reports in Hungary suggest that the driver has been sacked, also claiming that he did in-fact return to the scene of the incident soon after the video ends. The cyclist meanwhile spent five days in the intensive care unit and the following three weeks in hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.
There are a few of us here at road.cc who are quite keen on the idea of cargo bikes. Just the idea of totally forgoing our cars is somewhat appealing, despite their impracticalities in as hilly a part of the country as Bath.
In Copenhagen, they don’t have quite the same issues with hills, and so the career of the bike messenger is more tangible. Jumbo and Fergie are the two featured bike messengers in this short documentary about the precursive event before the European Cycle Messenger Championships in Stockholm.
They talk about how much they love their job and the freedom it brings. If you, like me, are watching this in an office, prepare to fight the urge to quit with immediate effect and join these guys in Denmark.
Things get a little darker now. Prepare yourself for a journey inside the mind of a man as he “watches the woman he loves transform his gifts into freedom.”
At least that’s the blurb we’re given below the video on Vimeo. This poetic piece is beautifully shot, and - rather against the feel of the video - comically highlights the inclusion of a bucket of water, a pigeon, and the striking-looking lead woman.
Let’s up the mood a little, shall we? Here, straight from the Tonight Show across the pond, we’ve got a little ‘bit’ on the Tour de France.
This is the Superlatives segment, and it’s a regular feature on the show. Essentially it’s an awards show, a bit like the ones you get in your school yearbook. You know, ‘Most Likely to Succeed,’ ‘Mr. Chatterbox,’ you know, ‘funny’.
These are much the same, but maybe with a little more imagination than your average sixth-former can muster.
We’ll stay in the States for this one. Usually when we feature collision videos we see careless drivers hitting cyclists, or vice versa. This one’s a bit different because one of the parties involved is not, in fact, a vehicle.
The Bristol Bike Project is a fantastic operation being run in the South West which reconstitutes old bikes and bike bits, distributing the fixed-up finished products to communities who would benefit from having access to sustainable transport.
A group of 14 young filmmakers who had teamed up with the Prince’s Trust filmed this celebratory piece around the fifth anniversary of the community bike workshop.
Elliot joined team road.cc bright eyed, bushy tailed, and straight out of university.
Raised in front of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong, Elliot's always had cycling in his veins.
His balance was found on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s, while his first taste of freedom came when he claimed his father's Giant hybrid as his own at age 16.
When Elliot's not writing for road.cc about two-wheeled sustainable transportation, he's focussing on business sustainability and the challenges facing our planet in the years to come.