Whatever Works: Training Bus Drivers To Respect Cyclists By Making Them Sit On Stationary Bikes As Buses Go Flying By

October 30, 2018

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This is a video from Cariacica, Brazil of bus drivers in training learning what it feels like to be a tiny piece of meat pedaling down the street when a 15-ton bus comes screaming by only 1.5-meters (5-feet) away. The purpose is to teach the drivers to maintain a minimum 1.5-meters between their buses and cyclists. I imagine they learned their lessons. Me? *about to stick paperclip in electric socket* I never learn my lesson. "What the hell are you doing?" I'm going to charge this paperclip so I can use it to recharge my phone later in case it dies while I'm out. "Solid plan." I'm like a modern Nikola Tesla but smarter.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to Carmen, who only rides side streets to avoid traffic. Me? I travel everywhere I need to go in the sewers like a Ninja Turtle for ultimate safety.

  • Closet Nerd

    " I'm like a modern Nikola Tesla but smarter.".......Geekola Tesla?

  • But there's a sidewalk right there. Just let the cyclists use that instead. Now cue angry cyclists saying it's their right to be inches from death.

    Edit: See? What'd I tell ya.

  • spikedeclue

    Cyclists are too fast for sidewalks. Those are for people and bikes are almost always not allowed on them. We can seriously harm pedestrians.

  • stuffsticks

    Ride on the sidewalk if you feel you have to but fair warning I will never get out the way of a cyclist on the pavement and you crash into me and I WILL feed you the seat of your bike.

  • evan

    typical tough guy looser.. your probably too fat to get anywhere with out your car.

  • stuffsticks

    Opposite actually.. I thunder along at about twice the speed on most normal pedestrians so i spend my time weaving , last thing I need is someone on a bicycle taking up hlaf the walkway

  • spikedeclue

    That aggression sure seems warranted considering I said I don't ride on the sidewalks for the safety of the pedestrians.

  • But at the same time, they're almost always empty. In my state, where you can use either the sidewalk or the bike lane, most cyclists prefer the bike lane with 60mph traffic a foot away from them despite the usually empty and spacious sidewalks.

  • x zei

    Do you believe you know more about getting around by bike than most cyclists in your area that prefer the bike lane?

  • If I said yes, would you be able to argue against me, considering you don't know anything about me or my area? But no, I'm pretty sure they're aware the sidewalk exists.

  • evan

    you are talking like an idiot that has never ridden a bike because, your too scared and lazy

  • You can't make one point against me so you resort to name calling. Run along now.

  • evan

    can't help if you are just talking like every other person that never rides a bike but, likes to tell cyclist what they should do .. while you sit on your ass wasting natural resources and polluting air with your car.. sure you voted for trump to

  • spikedeclue

    Point missed. Cyclists use the bike lakes on the road, you know, the places built and designated for bikes, because it's more efficient. We get where we're going faster with fewer stops and delays and other things. People in wheelchairs or mobility scooters belong on the sidewalks and that doesn't leave a lot of room for cyclists. It's crazy to me that you're trying to shame or judge cyclists for using the frigging bike lane.

  • "you know, the places built and designated for bikes"

    If you mean that they painted a 3-foot line on the side of the road without any real effort for cyclist safety, then sure. I'm actually just concerned for cyclist safety, but you take my suggestion to use the sidewalk as some baffling concept and an infringement on your rights. Taking the sidewalk - y'know, what you used to do before bike lanes - may be slower at times, but most of the time you're able to go as fast as in the bike lane, and more importantly, it's safer.

  • spikedeclue

    Sidewalks are not safer, that's why they paint bike lanes on the streets. Bikes are too fast for sidewalks and injure pedestrians. People leaving businesses can't see a cyclist heading down the sidewalk. You really obviously don't ever ride bikes in any practical manner. But it's different in urban areas than in less populated places. If you're speaking to the safety of cyclists, just drive safely. We know how to be on the street with safe drivers.

  • sizzlepants

    YES!!!

    Frankly, I think ALL drivers should have this kind of training. From both directions. As both cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Video title is wrong. It's actually "Training Bus Drivers To Drive Extremely Close To Cyclists At Top Speed".

  • Megatron Jenkins

    I like this a lot!!! I'm a cyclist, and there's too many f*ckheads with driver's licenses out there!!!

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