Saturday, May 10, 2008

Leaving Meerut - Bike Riding

No single image or video clip can really convey what it's like to ride a bike in India, it's just got to be experienced. The movie below manages to capture a bit of the confusion, however. I shot it while riding through an intersection here in Meerut (Begum Bridge). This (not quite perpendicular) intersection has a roundabout in the middle, but it's more of an optional installation than a rule. My concentration was on my left hand operating the handlebars / brakes, and so I apologize for the shoddy camera work. :-)

I didn't have a camera mount, so I had to shoot video holding the handlebars with one hand, the other on the camera, sorry it's not a better shot. The photo below is one frame of a video taken while riding, note the shadow in the foreground.