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The SMH reports that Sydney cyclists are shaming bad drivers by putting video footage on YouTube - Cyclists put mettle to the pedal to capture collisions.
CYCLISTS have found a new weapon in their battle to stay safe on the roads - the video camera. They are mounting the tiny cameras to their helmets or handlebars to film accidents or near misses.
Police say they are willing to use the footage as evidence.
On average there are three injuries a day for pedal cyclists in NSW, the RTA says, citing the most recent figures, from 2009.
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A couple of years ago Nathan Besh hit a pedestrian who stepped in front of his bicycle.
He said the pedestrian was at fault but did not admit responsibility. ''In a lot of situations like that there are no witnesses and no evidence, it is your word against theirs,'' Mr Besh said.
As a result he started an online company which sells mounts for attaching cameras to bicycles. He has mounted a forward-facing camera to his bike for his Chatswood-to-city commute.
Police could take action after reviewing video footage, a NSW police media spokesman said. ''Such footage could be used by police to make further inquiries, but whether they used that footage to take things further would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis,'' he said.