Tiny camera makes cyclists safer
YOU’VE probably heard of the dash cam – a small camera that can be mounted on the front or rear of a car to continuously film the road.
Now it’s not just cars that are using these little cameras to catch out bad motorists – cyclists have got in on the action too.
An Aussie company saw the need for cyclists to have as much protection on the roads as possible and to be able to have their own evidence if an altercation occurred.
Perth-based tech company Cycliq created a dash cam for bikes as part of a push to hold both cyclists and drivers accountable for their actions.
Executive chairman Chris Singleton told news.com.au that while the cameras helped in the event of an accident, they also captured memorable parts of a ride.
“Our cameras catch the good, the bad and the funny,” he said.
“So whether that’s a cyclist riding along with a kangaroo or having a video record of a vehicle versus cyclist incident where there aren’t any other witnesses.”
Mr Singleton said just having the camera installed could reduce the risk of directed attacks, as people were less likely to be confrontational if they knew they’d be on camera.
“People behave differently when they think they are on camera, similar to how typical CCTV and security cameras work,” he said.
“If you know you are being recorded, you modify your behaviour accordingly and this is true for both cyclists and drivers.”
WATCH: The Cycliq camera gives the cyclist an extra set of eyes on the road.