Miami Beach's Biker Vigilante Is Filming Your Terrible Driving

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​It's late on Super Bowl Sunday when a sedan barrels through the bike lane on 16th Street at Alton Road, right at cyclist Ken Bereski. Bereski slams on his handbrakes and swerves. The car squeals to a halt inches from his tire. "Learn to drive!" Bereski hollers. "You got a problem?" a rotund man behind the wheel demands. The driver opens his door, but he's so fat he can't pull himself out to fight. Bereski bikes away laughing, but shaken at the close call.

Like all of Bereski's encounters with Miami's terrible drivers, the near-fistfight was caught on camera. Bereski, who bikes thousands of miles a year as a computer consultant, got so tired of getting run off the road that he outfitted his red Raleigh with digital cameras on the front and back, bought a domain name -- livetobikeanotherday.com -- and plans to shame the worst of the worst motorists online once he makes the site live.

"If you're not going to apologize and listen to what I'm saying about bike safety, I'm going to put your face online," Bereski says.

A sharp-featured 30-year-old with ice-blue eyes, Bereski moved to Miami after finishing college in Boston in 2006. He had always biked around Beantown, so when he started an Apple consulting company in South Florida, he figured he'd do the same.

What he didn't take into account were the Magic City's legendarily awful drivers and the area's lack of infrastructure for bikers. That combination is so bad that Bicycling Magazine in 2008 ranked Miami the third worst city in the nation for cyclists.

Bereski saw that firsthand. As he biked from South Miami to Aventura, he saw road rage and swerving texters, and watched cops, buses, and city vehicles alike run him off the street.

The final straw came two years ago when a cabbie hit him (also at 16th Street and Alton) and then had several other drivers lie to police. "I decided, 'Why not catch everything on camera so no one can lie about it?'" he says.

So Bereski dropped a couple hundred bucks on two small, cigar-shaped digital cameras and then jerry-rigged mounts for them below his handlebars and above his back tire.

Since then, he has collected hours of unedited video. He says he worried at first about putting the near-crashes online -- but then he points to a small gold sticker under his handlebars: This bike protected by closed-circuit cameras.

"Don't say you weren't warned," he says, smiling.

Check out the video of Bereski's Super Bowl Sunday fight:

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16 comments
JoJo
JoJo

This looks like an out-of-state license plate?

Queen
Queen

the video is very loud. However, I can see happening what was written in the article. I agree on his dissapointment. As new-in-town I am shocked about the violence in actions and words of Miami streets. It doesn't seem to be a civilized city where dialog and respect are common values. To Bereski, I can understand that he is fed up of coping with such co-inhabitants. However, he should just keep calm, ride and publish more videos, denouncing that this is not right. Certainly I will distribute them well in the e-world,thanks

CantDriveButUCantRide
CantDriveButUCantRide

Waiting to publish this article until he had a site up would help. It's pretty easy to embed a youtube link into html. Google it. Fucking Miami... terrible drivers, and a cart before the horse people will care because it's me mentality. Good luck with that.

& on another note... you're supposed to ride like a car, OR ride like a pedestrian... not both. That video clearly shows you cutting across the street to jump onto a crosswalk. That fat ass making a right turn may not have expected the biker in the far lane to even be there.

Brandt A.
Brandt A.

Better audio would be a HUGE step forward.

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Hey folks -- the video error was my fault. The Youtube settings were accidentally set to "private." The video has been updated to a public setting. Try again in a few minutes once the link updates, and it should work.Again, sorry for the error.

Tim

Christine
Christine

Ken you are ingenious! but you can't see the video

Bikent
Bikent

This is Ken here. Just to reiterate - I registered the domain. I do NOT yet have a website up. If any one here would like to volunteer their web design skills and time, I can fix that immediately. I'd like to emphasize something here - the author at no point indicates that the website is live. He simply states I bought it. At this point in time the link does not lead anywhere

guest
guest

idea:winlink:failvideo:failresponse to multiple users helpfully telling you're failing:fail

DynastyKungFu
DynastyKungFu

Hire new people that know what they are doing!! Marketing has a great track, where is the video???

likrish
likrish

lol....nice article too bad the vid doesn't work.....

Revulu
Revulu

a dead link and a private video? have you had your coffee yet?

ivxx
ivxx

website doesn't work... video is private...

i am disappoint.

Ken Bereski
Ken Bereski

What I've found over the past several years is that by maintaining composure when 'confronting' these bad drivers, most of them are legitimately clueless. The number of times they respond by calmly telling me it's illegal to ride on the street and that I should be on the sidewalk (only to be corrected that the opposite is often true) is ridiculous. The majority of these close calls are not maliciousness, just ignorance of both the law and the road. Many are genuinely apologetic, and I *hope* my attempt to educate them on bike safety may lead to a little safer driving down the road

bill
bill

well, it doesn't work out here in the real world where your readers are!

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