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Two Nutty Vids Show Just How Dangerous It Is to Bike in NYC


zany cab drivers, horrendous traffic and overcrowded streets

In most cities and towns, following the traffic rules is pretty simple. Pedestrians walk when the signs tell them to and they stop and go when driving as directed by easy-to-comprehend light signals. But, in New York City, some people don't listen to the rules and they ignore the regulations. The result? Commuter chaos.

New York is, no doubt, known for its zany cab drivers, horrendous traffic and overcrowded streets. But, with pedestrians, delivery trucks, taxis, bike riders, motorcyclists, and the like all competing for the same road space, just how dangerous is it, say, to cross the road? We'll let you see for yourself in this unique video that shows just one of NYC's busy streets:

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With so much going on, it's tough for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, alike, to always abide by those good old rules that are so simple to follow in less densely-populated areas.

Take, for instance, Casey Neistat, a NYC-based filmmaker who was recently ticketed $50 by the New York Police Department for not cycling in the bike lane. Naturally, Neistat took to his camera to film the entire debacle for entertainment's sake.

In the short film, he explains why it's not always safe (or even possible) to ride in the bike lane. Watch as he hilariously illustrates how various hurdles (cones, people -- even police cars) can be dangerous barriers for bicyclists:

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Lesson: When you commute in New York City, regardless of the transportation mode you use, you may be taking your life into your own hands.

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