11 June 2009

The Power of a Bicycle Bell


You know you're in a true bicycle culture when the sound of a bicycle bell can clear the pavements [and escalators or supermarket aisles as you'll see later on]. What a brilliant little video.

10 comments:

Adrienne Johnson said...

I really NEED a bicycle bell in my whole life. Although it would be better if it came with a Japanese guy yelling "on your left", too : )

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anna said...

Great idea for a video. Unfortunately this doesn't help much in Vienna. A lot of people walk on the bike paths, often block it completely and don't react at all when I use my bell.

Grendel said...

Love the spot near the end where he makes a hole on the escalator.

David said...

This is progress how, exactly? Riding on sidewalks and having pedestrians meekly get out of the way?

Cyclists have no business on crowded sidewalks like those seen in that video

Kelvin said...

LOL David you do realize this guy is walking with a bell, right?

Brent said...

These Japanese pranks are hilarious and ingenious. But I hope that we don't have a bunch of copycats. It would be nice for the bicycle bell to mean a bicycle, rather than some irritated pedestrian hoping to get people out of the way.

Mikael said...

Let's not get all uni-cultural. This is how it is in Japan, not where you live. This is what THEY do.

Japan is a major bicycle culture nation and riding on the sidewalks is a normal part of the urban fabric.

I rode mostly on the streets when i was there a couple of weeks ago but also on the sidewalks.

There was no animosity from pedestrians, mostly because people ride so slow and are courteous.

I did, however, manage to catch the fact that the man was walking...

Dutch Girl said...

I occasionally have reason to use my bicycle bell; what I have found is that pedestrians tend to turn toward it, dogs and cats kind of freak out, and squirrels know just exactly what to do.

William said...

This warmed my heart immensely. Thanks for posting it!

Alan Preston said...

For whom the bell tinkles..

http://urbanbicycles.googlepages.com/japan

http://urbanbicycles.googlepages.com/bellsandhorns