Cyclists behaving badly - Understanding cyclist disobedience in Amsterdam

As anyone who has spent time in Amsterdam can attest, cyclists here own the streets. In an age of increasing animosity between cyclists and motorists, Amsterdam is an unusual case. Cyclists so routinely break rules with little regard for injury or fine that many would consider Amsterdam as the wild west of cycling. But maybe there is a method to all this madness. This animation explores the Dutch cycling culture and the rolling rebelliousness that has made this city infamous around the world. Written, narrated and animated by Lucas Brailsford. Special thanks to Marco te Brömmelstroet at the Urban Cycling Institute. Post Production Sergiusz Sytniejewski. Music: "Beep" by Podington Bear

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tj mac: I'd rather be hit by a drunk cyclist over a drunk driver..I would assume in the majority of bike accidents it is the cyclist that comes off worse.....so if you stop drunk cyclist, they will just return to driving home in a 2000 lb weapon......leave cyclists alone....less cars on the road, less pollution and they don't slow traffic...I think the anger towards cyclists stems from jealousy....cyclists are doing something positive with their lives.....

Jason: Screwed up logic.. break the laws that don't fit your needs...screw that

Jason: You screw up. I hit and kill you..I go to prison..
Screw that

Cr usty: "Understanding cyclist disobedience"
One shouldn't. One should make sure cyclists behave as they should.

Ger Ruddy: Where’s Omsterdom?? Is that anywhere near Amsterdam?

Dmitry Granicin: Yeah sure, it's the traffic law that's dumb, and the roads don't fit the cyclist....nevermind cyclists keep putting each other in dangerous situations every time they approach the intersection on busy hours, piling up five abreast at a stopline designed for two abreast, overtaking at intersections, overtaking at speed 2km/h faster than the cyclist they're overtaking, pushing their kids into the pavement while blocking the road for everyone else, jumping red lights only because they won't be punished and thus force everyone around them to be extra careful. This is not "non-conformist", this is called "exploitative behavior" - as long as you don't dare to raise charges against me, I can exploit your position however it suits me.
The motorist loses because the motorist "should know better" somehow that the cyclist doesn't obey the same traffic law on the same road.

Steve P: Cars kill people bike are inconvenient shock horror

Th3 St1g: Traffic laws & regulations are not only to be obeyed for the sake of safety of both motorists & cyclists.( That includes obeying red lights). Of which a lot of STUPIDITY of cyclists run them thinking they can do so. WRONG!!! If motorists can be fined & prosecuted for breaking the traffic laws & regulations then so should cyclists ASWELL!!! From riding without hands on the handlebars to NO LIGHTS! ( My biggest peeve!!!) I have at least 7 things a cyclist has no respect or regards for. I can list them if I am asked to 😐 They should also be fined & prosecuted no matter which country they are in.

Gary Mitchell: 'Zipping' across red lights isn't rational. Watch the jumpers in London - they are jumping the lights because they are arrogant. Nothing else.
Oh, and it's one of the stupidest things you can do.

Tony Crabtree: Stupid logic. Then rape isn’t unexpected and unavoidable according to this logic.

RJ M: Drivers know they can kill me, so its their responsibility not to???

TenBuckCanuck: Solve the cycling problem simply...instant fine of 500 euros for no lights, running a red light, no insurance and 4 years in jail for drunk riding....and zero tolerance. Problem solved. Revenue from fines pays for extra police too.

Richard van Tricht: Boring

Ryan Sargent: I disagree. I think as you say the system only works because the vast majority follow the rules. There a cases here in the UK where cyclists have knocked over and killed pedestrians, especially in London, and from jumping red lights.

Gideon Querido van Frank: Nice video, but a terrible voice...

Commissar0617: if somone gets into an accident whilst breaking a traffic law, they should be at fault unless they can prove legal necessity.

Chia Ming Liu: or pilgrim

Chia Ming Liu: do you feel lucky, punk

robox91: Get your lights fixed

Thomas, Nadya La Grand Esquivion Sarakasi: most people on cycles,,in amsterdam,are idiots,,,violant en rude,,,arogant,,,,morons,,,i use to kick them off the cycle,,,when i drive myn motor bike,,,,,,manytimes,,i get problems,,with those idiot dutch on cycles,,,so,,i come ,next to them,,en give a kick,,to the front weel,,,en yeahhh,,,thr falll,on thr stupid mouths,,,thr deserve it,,ok i know its criminal offence,,but,,,,,,am fat up,,with those mother fuckers,, ,,advice to everybody,in adam,,just kick them off,,,en special all those idiot,,with hand fhones en drive ,same time... ,,,is complete idiot,,those bastards,, so i teachs them a lesson,,, to hell with them....

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