I live in Astoria and work in Manhattan. I commute to work by bicycle every day with agreeable weather. I have been doing this without any accidents of any kind since the spring of 2010.
I have a GoPro Hero 2 HD mounted to my bike, and record every ride. I have tons of these recordings saved, but haven't shared any of them. I was waiting for something interesting to happen during the ride. As of yet, nothing has happened. I guess because I'm jaded I didn't think that the average ride could itself be interesting. At least one person wanted to see it, so here it is.
Also, there are many people I have met who are afraid to ride their bike on busy city streets. I was also afraid at first, and I am still more cautious than most. While the new Citi Bike share program (seen in the video) can give people bikes, it can't take away their fear. I want this video to show the reality of what it is like to bike in NYC to give people realistic expectations. That way they can hopefully change their irrational fear into healthy caution and get on the road.
If anyone actually likes this video, and wants to see the ride home, let me know.