Portland bike commuters now use Go Pros

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by Abbey Gibb

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 5:41 AM

PORTLAND--There's a new trend for those who bike to work around Portland. A few old things reinvented. Riders are now putting Go Pros on their helmets recording their every move and those of drivers.

"I go through a lot of breaks, slamming them on to keep from getting hit by someone not looking. My favorite are the ones on their cell phones," said NW Portland commuter Doug Cech.

Cech made the investment just this year after one too many close calls. His fiance James got hit first, then months later, Cech himself got T-boned.

"This lady blew through the stop sign and I flew over my handlebars. That's all I remember because I ended up with a slight concussion. I thought, 'You need to be able to record that,'" said Cech.

SE Portland's Bike and Hike sells about seven of these combo helmet cameras a year now, mostly for frustrated commuters. "They've either had a bad interaction with a driver or a hit and run," said employee Josh Bartlemay.

Cech thinks if more bikers were to have these Go Pros, it would make better car drivers too because they would know they were being filmed.

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