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Minneapolis Cyclists attacked on Cedar-Lake MUT?(11 posts)

Minneapolis Cyclists attacked on Cedar-Lake MUT?aliensporebomb
Jun 4, 2003 7:32 AM
I was out of town on a business trip and had 5 minutes to
check out a web browser and looked at the Star-Tribune site.

There was a link to an article about cyclists being attacked
on the Cedar-Lake MUT as it approached the western edge of
downtown Minneapolis.

I can't seem to find this article anywhere now but there had
allegedly been 3 attacks on three solo cyclists by four teen
toughs (two on each side of the trail) (the police called it a "wilding" incident).

Supposdly they were stepping up foot patrols in the area and
cutting away underbrush where they were hiding before they
attacked the cyclists.

Has anyone heard anything more about this or any follow-up?
I searched the star-trib site and found nothing.

I'm likely going to be commuting using that trail and though
I've ridden it recreationally too I don't really relish the
idea of being beaten up by idiots.

The article seemed to infer they were coming from the area
around the garbage burner - there's a housing project there
and just northeast of there is a bridge where a lot of
homeless or drunk guys sometimes hang out.

Thoughts?
time to put plainclothes policemen on bikes. nm.Steve_0
Jun 4, 2003 7:41 AM
Pepper Spray, and...SpoiledBikeDaddy
Jun 4, 2003 8:42 AM
You might also want to call the Star-Trib and ask if they have any further/followup info, or a point of contact at the appropriate police precinct who could provide same.
fill the handle of a frame pump with lead. nmZogpound
Jun 4, 2003 8:52 AM
Bike copsfiltersweep
Jun 4, 2003 8:57 AM
It is interesting that on weekends I've taken the trail from the Mendota Bridge down to the yacht club, I've never NOT seen it patrolled by bicycle cops who literally seem to ride it back and forth.

My understanding about the commuter trail is that it is kids and no one has (yet) been seriously injured. There was a link to a posting by someone who was attacked that described that a group of four stood on both sides of the trail and grabbed his handlebars as he rode by, knocking him off his bike. He apparently was able to fight them off and escaped with his bike after someone else came by.
Bike copsaliensporebomb
Jun 4, 2003 10:59 AM
Filter - you say that there was a link here? That it was a
roadbikereview user? Can you point me to a link? I tried
looking a bit but am at work and will likely need to do more
research later to find it.
Here it is.bnlkid
Jun 4, 2003 11:36 AM
It was posted on the mcf.net site. Here is the link
http://www.mcf.net/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=news;action=display;num=1052544843

If that doesn't put you on the thread, go to www.mcf.net and click on message board. Look for the thread that is titled "Be Careful Out there"
The best way to protect yourself.....MR_GRUMPY
Jun 4, 2003 12:03 PM
is to ride with a small skinny friend. When they jump your friend, you go for the cops............
At high speed the pedestrian usually dies ...terzo rene
Jun 4, 2003 3:33 PM
in a collision with a bike so just ride faster.

I hate MUTs anyway since they are littered with morons, joggers and baby carriages and I have read about attacks on them in every city I have lived.

More cops won't help. they aren't going to attack them, just wait for you to come along. Shooting the attackers is the best remedy and will make the notion less appealing to would be assailants.
At high speed the pedestrian usually dies ...aliensporebomb
Jun 4, 2003 7:49 PM
This isn't your average MUT - it's an old railroad line that
basically allows people from the suburbs to commute into the
city.

It still goes along an active rail corridor so you'll see
a rail line, several paths and it just goes forever.

There are seperate walking and cycling paths for much of it.

It's normally safe in my experience.

I thought about sheer speed - hit some jerk at 30+ mph and
they might not live to see another day. Luckily I haven't
had to think about doing something like that.
The jerk who intends you harm won't be labeled.Scot_Gore
Jun 4, 2003 8:09 PM
You're not going to be able to ID the mugger, punk, rager, rapist.... that has it in his mind to do you harm. You're going to encounter an apparently normal person(s) and before you can aim your bike, think of your options, whatever, bad things are going to happen. You won't be thinking about what to do ahead of time, you'll be reacting to what has already happened.

It won't take an honor roll student to think of putting a stick in your front wheel as you pass. The ensuing ENDO should take alot of the fight out of you and limit your flight options as a bonus.

I wouldn't put much thought into contigency planning for when you've IDed a mugger, I'd work on plans for when the mugger IDs themselves.

Just thinking out load.

Scot