If you’ve got the urge to download a 50mB file or just have bandwidth to kill, I highly recommend the top video, ‘drag race NYC’ (http://www.digave.com/videos/red-web.mpg).
As you can see from the top picture these guys are absolute nutters. They make cycling in the US of A look like a totally different ball game. Watching these videos gives the strong impression that these guys have no respect for anyone else. However, upon watching the total set of videos on the site you can see that the pedestrians and motorists also like to bend and break the rules and fight for dominance. The only difference is the other modes are not able to break the rules with the determination, courage and/or extreme stupidity of these cyclists.
The majority of the footage consists of fast paced races through a fast paced city. You see them running every red light they can, cutting off motorists and foot traffic in the process. They ‘stitch’ rides (hitching a ride by holding on to the boot or rear wheel guard of cars). They weave through pedestrians and make it through seemingly impossible gaps in between busses or cabs. They ride without apparent fear and show total disrespect for cars, cabs, busses, pedestrians, cyclists, each other and themselves. Although their behaviour is utterly stupid, you cannot help being amazed by these speed daemons who live above the law (evident when they cut in front of and run a red lights in front of cop cars).
It is almost like they are striking out against their oppressors, where cars normally dominate the roads and make them go slowly, these guys turn the tables . They are selfish, not sharing the roads but rather demanding that everyone else gives way to them. Then again, they are predominately just getting in the way of motorists who are also rather selfish; ecologically not everyone can afford to drive but the world could support pedal power for all. You can only burn each fossil fuel (which is a rare and remarkable chemical) once every million years, where as the fuel for cyclists is sustainable.
So they are bandits; rebels with or without a cause (it’s hard to tell). Still, I would really like to know how they remain alive. In the entire online collection there is only one crash where the guy runs into the front fender of a car and then gets up and rides away. It almost seems unfair. In comparison I ride so timidly, maybe that’s part of my problem… then again, maybe they’ve just got good at it, it looks like they’ve been doing it for quite a while.