A WIGAN cyclist has recorded his journeys to work in a bid to show the some drivers’ dangerous disregard for more vulnerable road-users.
Andy Saille uses his bike to commute from Hindley Green to Wigan town centre but has endured some very close scrapes from thoughtless motorists.
Such was his anger at the lack of care shown by some local drivers, he fixed a camera to his handlebars and has posted many of his journeys on YouTube.
“I’ve been working with CCTV for the past 12 years,” said Andy.
“I used to drive to my old place in Warrington but it actually used to take me longer to drive to Wigan town centre since we moved there so I decided to start cycling.
“But with some of the problems I’ve faced, I decided to record some journeys with a camera to show how little care some drivers show towards cyclists.”
Andy has been recording his journeys for the past four years and has compiled many of the close calls into videos and posted them online.
Some of them show how he’s had to brake hard to avoid collision and others show just how close cars come to him.
He added: “I have made compilations of the near misses, cars pulling out on me, cars going through red lights, using mobiles, cutting me up.
“It’s surprising how often incidents occur in the same areas.
“It might make people realise how bad it can be to cycle into work, or how bad some people drive. I’m no angel and make mistakes myself and will get criticised, but the number of drivers who just don’t care is amazing.
“I would say that I have come close to being in a serious accident or even killed on more than one occasion.”
Despite the problems Andy has come across though, he still believes cycling is a great way to commute.
As well as being better for the environment, he says he has lost a considerable amount of weight since he started.
“More should be done for cyclists on “Wigan roads especially when they want people to be fitter,” he said.
“I was 16st 9lbs before I started cycling to work now I’m 13st so there are benefits to cycling to work.”
One of Andy’s videos has attracted more than 160,000 views.
Watch Andy’s videos by clicking here