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Camera will help cyclists catch dangerous drivers

CYCLISTS FEELING SAFER: Gladstone Bicycle Centre owner Dave McIntosh shows off a Fly 6 high-definition camera.
CYCLISTS FEELING SAFER: Gladstone Bicycle Centre owner Dave McIntosh shows off a Fly 6 high-definition camera. Luka Kauzlaric

GLADSTONE Bicycle Centre is celebrating the arrival of tail-light video cameras that will help cyclists catch dangerous drivers in the act.

Owner Dave McIntosh has become the first Gladstone region stockist for Fly 6, a high-definition camera that is produced by West Australian company Fly Lites.

"It seems to be the thing people are going for," said the Auckland St shop owner, whose first order arrived last week.

"If people come super close, you get it on camera.

"It's like having your own security dog."

Gladstone cyclists have welcomed the camera's arrival.

"If something happens to us, at least we're going to have a record of what's occurring out there," said Point Curtis Bicycle User Group's Karlene Kilgour.

Gladstone police officer and PCBUG member Michael Newell said he owned a similar device that recorded in front of his bike.

"If people know they're being filmed, they might be more careful," he said.

Video recordings such as that taken by Fly 6 were admissible as evidence in court, he said.

"It's been used in Brisbane several times in court, usually in cases involving motor vehicles and cyclists colliding," Mr Newell said.

West Australians Andrew Hagen and Kingsley Fiegert are co-inventors and owners of Fly 6.

They used the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to fund the launch of Fly 6.

It is now sold in 28 countries.

"We set out with a target of $95,000 in 30 days and we got it in two-and-a-half days," Mr Hagen said.

"In total we raised 265,000."

Kickstarter was an awesome innovation for small business, he said.

Topics:  bicycle, gladstone bicycle centre, road safety, video camera


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