28.01.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “Road Sage” Wild First-Person POV of Bicycle Messengers

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This footage by Lucas Brunelle is intense. I love riding my bike but underground bike messenger race culture is as reckless as it gets. People will undoubtedly be excited by this and others are going to be completely infuriated by it. I’m not sharing the video below in support of this (I actually find people like this incredibly annoying when I am driving downtown in a car), I just think it’s a compelling portrait of a culture I don’t really understand.

Watch, if you dare, “Road Sage” by Benny Zenga, below.


 

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Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Eric Hosford

    really fascinating, but so incredibly dangerous.

  • Uhmorphous

    I usually love stuff like this, but what I hear and see in this video is a bunch of sanctimonious drivel showcasing selfish adrenaline addicts who are putting other lives at risk to feed their own need for a constant rush. There’s no greater message here. Surfers, boarders, off-road, I totally get that. But I’d love to know just how many pedestrians and motorists have been injured or killed because of this kind of risk-taking without regard for anyone else. Pure privileged selfishness of the tragically and vapidly hip.

  • Ely Watson

    @5:40 when did Tobey Maguire become a cop?

  • Zenga Bros

    Uhmorphous, I understand why you’re bothered by this but you’re wrong to assume that these riders are injuring pedestrians or motorists. I have watched over 10 years of this footage (videoed by Lucas Brunelle at alleycat races in cities around the world) and these riders are not causing car accidents or running into pedestrians. It’s baffling, I know, until you consider that these riders are messengers who live on their bicycles and have fine-tuned awareness and reflexes. If what you feared were true I’d be repulsed a well.

    • Theo Foldes

      hello zenga! loved your film!
      i was wondering if you could give the title of the song at 9:30
      cheers stay safe :p

      • Zenga Bros

        it’s a remix of township funk by dj mujava, put out by warp records

    • Rob Young

      Sure, these guys are obvoiusly well tuned with their bikes and have fast reflexes, and by the look of it are quick to avoid many an accident…. however it’s the other road users who unfortunately aren’t all so savvy to react to such danger… it’d take just one person to panic and slam the breaks or swerve towards the pavement and who knows what could happen…. I thinks it’s this ignorant disregard for other road users that bothers Uhmorphous, and probably myself. I like extreme sports and can appreciate their skill to an extent, but this far from impresses me.

      • Benjamin Ng

        I get it though – there is an incredible amount of unspoken and unwanted trust between driver, rider, and pedestrian, and that’s scary. But really, the riders have the advantage of seeing everything in front of them, being able to calculate and algorithmically predict the actions and their actions that follow.
        I think the bothersome aspect is that we’re seeing all the “behind-the-scenes” footage of what goes on, without any explanation of how the riders got from point A to point B. It looks reckless, but these riders have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we just have to trust what they’re doing (in a way, it really is an art-form, and it speaks metaphorically to life and whatever, but I’m not going to get into that).
        Furthermore, to hinge off your point of one panic-y person slamming on the break and swerving, then that’s a trait of the driver themselves and no real reflection of the riders i.e. that same panic-y person, you could argue, would slam on the breaks and swerve whether or not it was a driver that just cut in front of them, a child letting go of a parents grip and accidentally running into the road, or an animal deciding to cross the road at the wrong time. It renders the argument fallacious, because that would mean not only removing bike riders from the road, but also “asshole” drivers, pedestrians, and animals from being anywhere near roads, and one can begin to see how folly that becomes.
        It’s the same as if someone jumped over my head by doing parkour. I’d be like, “Wow, what a dick, s/he *could* have hit me on accident (but they didn’t), but that was pretty cool” – as seen in the video, some drivers adopted the spirit by giving the riders high-fives as they rode by.
        Call me careless, but I suppose I’ve adapted this, “all’s well that ends well” attitude towards it.

    • to be fair there is a car accident at 6:03 of this video caused by a rider running a red light.

      i think it’s hard to watch this and assume that no pedestrian is ever at risk of injury or that the riders are remotely concerned with that. i dont think this can be justified this way. i think there’s often a double standard that bicyclists have in that they want respect from people in cars but they also blow through every 4-way stop without a second thought. i’m saying this as someone who rides a bike and drives a car.

      i can see how these races would be far more acceptable in other parts of the world where driving laws are more like driving suggestions, and cars and bikes both turn two lanes into five and sorta just honk to let people know what they’re doing – vietnam comes to mind. i think there’s a lot more responsibility placed on pedestrians and bicyclists in those countries.

      • Zenga Bros

        what you’re seeing are the best/worst white-knuckle moments. it’s kinda like spectators saying “Philippe Petit could have fallen off his high-wire onto a crowd of people…” yes, the risks are obvious, as is the level of skill involved. as terrifying as it is, i find it very powerful and beautiful. as if seeing a herd of gazelles run loose through the city. rare and wild.

      • Zenga Bros

        what you’re seeing are the best/worst white-knuckle moments. it’s kinda like spectators saying “Philippe Petit could have fallen off his high-wire onto a crowd of people…” yes, the risks are obvious, as is the level of skill involved. as terrifying as it is, i find it very powerful and beautiful. as if seeing a herd of gazelles run loose through the city. rare and wild.

      • Zenga Bros

        what you’re seeing are the best/worst white-knuckle moments. it’s kinda like spectators saying “Philippe Petit could have fallen off his high-wire onto a crowd of people…” yes, the risks are obvious, as is the level of skill involved. as terrifying as it is, i find it very powerful and beautiful. as if seeing a herd of gazelles run loose through the city. rare and wild.

      • Benjamin Bowe-Carter

        Why have you taken it down!?? It was increadible!

      • Benjamin Bowe-Carter

        Why have you taken it down!?? It was increadible!

      • Benjamin Bowe-Carter

        Why have you taken it down!?? It was increadible!

      • Benjamin Bowe-Carter

        Why have you taken it down!?? It was increadible!

      • aqdnk

        I would also like to know why the video is down? I want my daily dose!

      • Zenga Bros

        what you’re seeing are the best/worst white-knuckle moments. it’s kinda like spectators saying “Philippe Petit could have fallen off his high-wire onto a crowd of people…” yes, the risks are obvious, as is the level of skill involved. as terrifying as it is, i find it very powerful and beautiful. as if seeing a herd of gazelles run loose through the city. rare and wild.

    • to be fair there is a car accident at 6:03 of this video caused by a rider running a red light.

      i think it’s hard to watch this and assume that no pedestrian is ever at risk of injury or that the riders are remotely concerned with that. i dont think this can be justified this way. i think there’s often a double standard that bicyclists have in that they want respect from people in cars but they also blow through every 4-way stop without a second thought. i’m saying this as someone who rides a bike and drives a car.

      i can see how these races would be far more acceptable in other parts of the world where driving laws are more like driving suggestions, and cars and bikes both turn two lanes into five and sorta just honk to let people know what they’re doing – vietnam comes to mind. i think there’s a lot more responsibility placed on pedestrians and bicyclists in those countries.

    • to be fair there is a car accident at 6:03 of this video caused by a rider running a red light.

      i think it’s hard to watch this and assume that no pedestrian is ever at risk of injury or that the riders are remotely concerned with that. i dont think this can be justified this way. i think there’s often a double standard that bicyclists have in that they want respect from people in cars but they also blow through every 4-way stop without a second thought. i’m saying this as someone who rides a bike and drives a car.

      i can see how these races would be far more acceptable in other parts of the world where driving laws are more like driving suggestions, and cars and bikes both turn two lanes into five and sorta just honk to let people know what they’re doing – vietnam comes to mind. i think there’s a lot more responsibility placed on pedestrians and bicyclists in those countries.

    • to be fair there is a car accident at 6:03 of this video caused by a rider running a red light.

      i think it’s hard to watch this and assume that no pedestrian is ever at risk of injury or that the riders are remotely concerned with that. i dont think this can be justified this way. i think there’s often a double standard that bicyclists have in that they want respect from people in cars but they also blow through every 4-way stop without a second thought. i’m saying this as someone who rides a bike and drives a car.

      i can see how these races would be far more acceptable in other parts of the world where driving laws are more like driving suggestions, and cars and bikes both turn two lanes into five and sorta just honk to let people know what they’re doing – vietnam comes to mind. i think there’s a lot more responsibility placed on pedestrians and bicyclists in those countries.

  • Rebeca Werkstetter

    faaak me, so crazy! i broke my ankle back in september by just tripping over the curb on my bike, while these guys… no words!

  • yourmomcalled

    What a great movie; had me feeling anxious and elated throughout! I particularly loved the scenes rolling down empty paths surrounded by green–very refreshing.

  • FromAtoB

    A lot of Lucas’ footage is from international cycle courier competitions. It is not pointless showcasing. These are professional couriers competing against the best in the world. It’s just new that you can watch it on the internet. These events have been happening for decades without ever being in the public eye.

  • FromAtoB

    A lot of Lucas’ footage is from international cycle courier competitions. It is not pointless showcasing. These are professional couriers competing against the best in the world. It’s just new that you can watch it on the internet. These events have been happening for decades without ever being in the public eye.

  • FromAtoB

    A lot of Lucas’ footage is from international cycle courier competitions. It is not pointless showcasing. These are professional couriers competing against the best in the world. It’s just new that you can watch it on the internet. These events have been happening for decades without ever being in the public eye.

  • FromAtoB

    A lot of Lucas’ footage is from international cycle courier competitions. It is not pointless showcasing. These are professional couriers competing against the best in the world. It’s just new that you can watch it on the internet. These events have been happening for decades without ever being in the public eye.

  • Lew Dameron

    ….and the video is down.

  • Lew Dameron

    ….and the video is down.

  • Lew Dameron

    ….and the video is down.

  • Lew Dameron

    ….and the video is down.

  • Cyclist

    Video Here, available for download. $3
    https://www.lucasbrunelle.com/shop/road-sage-hd-download/

  • Cyclist

    Video Here, available for download. $3
    https://www.lucasbrunelle.com/shop/road-sage-hd-download/

  • Cyclist

    Video Here, available for download. $3
    https://www.lucasbrunelle.com/shop/road-sage-hd-download/

  • Cyclist

    Video Here, available for download. $3
    https://www.lucasbrunelle.com/shop/road-sage-hd-download/

  • Any chance to see the video elsewhere? Can’t find anything

  • Any chance to see the video elsewhere? Can’t find anything

  • Any chance to see the video elsewhere? Can’t find anything

  • Any chance to see the video elsewhere? Can’t find anything

  • Matt Mackey

    Lucas is a great artist, and honestly you can buy the video on digital download on his website for only $3. Support the guy so he can make many many more of these for our enjoyment in the future. Putting the whole video up for free for people is not fair to the artist, pay the $3

  • Matt Mackey

    Lucas is a great artist, and honestly you can buy the video on digital download on his website for only $3. Support the guy so he can make many many more of these for our enjoyment in the future. Putting the whole video up for free for people is not fair to the artist, pay the $3

  • Matt Mackey

    Lucas is a great artist, and honestly you can buy the video on digital download on his website for only $3. Support the guy so he can make many many more of these for our enjoyment in the future. Putting the whole video up for free for people is not fair to the artist, pay the $3

  • Matt Mackey

    Lucas is a great artist, and honestly you can buy the video on digital download on his website for only $3. Support the guy so he can make many many more of these for our enjoyment in the future. Putting the whole video up for free for people is not fair to the artist, pay the $3

    • aqdnk

      already down again :( care to reup somewhere else?

  • Eddie

    I have watched video a half dozen times and yeah, there may be lots of fault found but I love every heart pounding moment! Life is to be lived, not contemplated from the soft comfort of a couch …..





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