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DC area riders...has the sniper affected your plans?(10 posts)

DC area riders...has the sniper affected your plans?Djudd
Oct 11, 2002 9:40 AM
Working at a newspaper I am pretty close to this craziness that is going on. As a result I am considering cancelling my weekend rides. I have commuted this week but with trepidation. I was wondering, has my proximity to these tragedies made me so cautious or are other area riders considering changes in their plans?
Hasn't yet. I'm thinking that (a) I'm a moving target to beginbill
Oct 11, 2002 9:54 AM
with and (b) the f*cker apparently lies in wait for a target, and he isn't likely to be waiting for me. You also have to consider that there are just zillions of people not getting shot, so that the odds of getting shot are probably less than all sorts of things that we're not worried about.
Moving target = new challengefbg111
Oct 11, 2002 9:59 AM
The guy is getting bored. Taunting the cops with a tarot card, and just recently capping somebody with a cop standing across the street from the target. I wouldn't feel so safe on a bike.

It's insane how easy it is to go out and murder random people in broad daylight without leaving a single solid lead. Unbelievable.
Another "Not Yet" --Gregory Taylor
Oct 11, 2002 10:03 AM
As far as the bike goes, I've done the commuting thing all week, and haven't thought twice about it. I was far more nervous after 9/11 regarding my personal safety (I work near a couple of obvious targets for terrorists) than with this particular threat.

It has, however, changed my plans for the weekend. My kid's soccer tournament in Manassas has been cancelled. There have been no outdoor sports practices all week. That is a bummer.
re: DC area riders...has the sniper affected your plans?tarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 10:10 AM
We've been trying to plan a weekend trip to DC this fall ... but now I am having second thoughts. Was hoping to catch up with one of MB1's famous rides. Not sure I could talk my wife and daughter into making the trip now, and I'm not so sure myself. Sure the odds are infintesimal that anything would happen, but when you've got children you tend to worry a lot more about things like that.
Come on up anytime-there are nutcases everywhere.MB1
Oct 8, 2002 5:03 AM
You are far more likely to get hurt on the drive up than while riding here.

Anytime you want to come I'll be glad to put on a ride. Just don't bring up the subject of jumping the great wall.....
I was thinking of jumping the US Capitol, Washington Monumenttarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 12:26 PM
Might as well make it a challenge.
Not yet, at least not my cylcing plans (such as they are).djg
Oct 11, 2002 11:19 AM
Kids activities have been modified all over the area, as you know. My 5 year old daughter's soccer has been scrapped, and there's all sorts of caution surrounding the schools.
Oct 15, 2002 1:49 PM
The wife objected to the commute this morning and I caved without a fight. Worst traffic ever.
I was already taking the week off ...Humma Hah
Oct 11, 2002 12:40 PM
Early this week I was so bone-tired from a month of 12-14 hour workdays, I decided to take a few days off from riding to recover. So Wednesday night I get home and find out that a guy had been shot and killed just two miles down the road from the point my route crosses that road, and I'd have been coming home at about that time, and riding a bike with a headlight and blinking taillight that can probably be seen from a mile away. I usually don't mind being conspicuous, but maybe not right now.

So Thursday and Friday, with a forecast of rain, it just seemed to make sense to take the rest of the week off.

This bastard has now added killing after dark and killing in the rain and killing in my town, and he's getting really tiresome. WHEN they catch him, I recommend death by lethal injection: a slow drip of battery acid should do the trick.