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Unsafe to Ride! [YouTube video of youths trying to mug cyclist]
YouTube.com ^ | 6/26/13 | George Wells

Posted on 07/14/2013 7:19:58 PM PDT by stillonaroll

The old I-280 and Buckeye Basin Greenbelt Parkway bike path is not safe to travel. It is littered with broken glass and stones.

There are gangs of kids loitering and blocking the path, trying to prevent cyclists from passing through.

Monday, June 24 2013, three boys attempted to attack me and prevent my passage. I recorded the event with a GoPro camera mounted on my bike.

(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: crime; cycling; ohio
Full title: “Unsafe to Ride! Greenbelt Parkway, Veterans Memorial Skyway Bike Path.” Apparently this takes place in the Toledo, Ohio area.

Three youths arranged stones along a secluded section of a paved bike path. Just before 2:00, one of the youths attempts to kick the cyclist and knock him off his bike. This kind of stuff will happen more often as cities expand bike paths, and as more youths seek justice for Trayvon.

Note that I did not post this YouTube video, but one time I took a wrong turn and cycled into a homeless encampment.

1 posted on 07/14/2013 7:19:58 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

Some of the rocks were placed as a swastika. How cute.


2 posted on 07/14/2013 7:26:50 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: stillonaroll

Another bad one is the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, NC. Think of it as a shopping site for Amish yutes with trail users providing the goods - http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/09/3020161/robbery-renews-american-tobacco.html


3 posted on 07/14/2013 7:29:03 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: stillonaroll

How did I know without seeing the video that it would involve yutes?


4 posted on 07/14/2013 7:32:44 PM PDT by rhubarbk (Free George Zimmerman!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yes, I see that, a few seconds after the kid tries to kick the cyclist off his bike.


5 posted on 07/14/2013 7:32:53 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: RightGeek
Scary stuff, that.

The public policy implications are significant, as more local governments "encourage cycling," i.e., make driving a car more difficult.

When you are riding a bike alone, you are largely defenseless against a group of strong young men. Assuming, of course, you are unarmed.

6 posted on 07/14/2013 7:38:42 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

Get a pistol and then a CCW permit. Then practice until you are sufficiently skillful.

If you don’t like guns, consider this: it is a lot worse to end up dead than to do something distasteful.


7 posted on 07/14/2013 7:39:15 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: RightGeek
This is one of the comments from the article you posted:

I'll tell this story for the very last time. Then I promise never again. I was on the original survey crew for these trails with ESP Associates out of Cary. At that time it was simply known as the Rails to Trails project. Over the course of several weeks of walking miles through Durham down the old track path we were followed more than once by several "groups", (I won't say "gangs" to be PC) of kids on many areas of the trail. They taunted, brandished knives, yelled threats, mostly followed and taunted us to the point where our crew chief would not leave the van for the day without his revolver.

At the time we joked we would never ride a bike down the trail "with an AK-47 strapped to the handle bars". It was evident at that time these trails went through the wrong back yards and neighborhoods in Durham. We told these tales to the Rails to Trails project manager at the time, who we met a few times on the job. He didn't care. Pet project verses verses demographic and cultural reality.

So saying the location of these trails was a bad idea from the start is not just rhetoric. The words were actually spoken way before the first drop of asphalt was poured. We knew we were creating nothing more than a path for marauding little bandits to travel between housing projects and low income apartment complexes. It goes through the worst parts of Durham. Anyone involved who is now surprised by the level of crime on this trail was never paying attention from the start. At least one just blatantly ignored the hired help. This is not news. It was an inevitable, easy call.

8 posted on 07/14/2013 7:42:35 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: rhubarbk

The Amish are up to no good again...


9 posted on 07/14/2013 7:43:52 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SatinDoll
It's difficult to get a CCW permit here in CA.

It's much easier to just give up cycling. :(

10 posted on 07/14/2013 7:49:11 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

As is my routine, I rode my bike past a bunch of black kids today. They said hello, smiled and waved, as they often do. There has never been even a hint of a problem. But I know where to find a different class of black kids, and you couldn’t pay me enough to ride through their neighborhood.


11 posted on 07/14/2013 7:50:46 PM PDT by TChad
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To: stillonaroll
Did anyone notice what race the youths were? Oh, never mind, I'm just being racist to otherwise fine outstanding African American pieces of shit.
12 posted on 07/14/2013 7:51:47 PM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (If you have nothing to hide, you probably lie about other things too.)
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To: jsanders2001

Grab that little punk’s foot and flip him on his @ss.


13 posted on 07/14/2013 7:54:10 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: stillonaroll
No clue as to location?
Country? State? County? City?
Anything?

Amazing how so many FR visitors and poster are unaware that FR is an international forum.

As long as I'm on a roll, I should mention another irritation. People who think threads are all about them, with posts like, "I think so too, except when they're going the other way..." with no clue as to the contents of what the post is that they're responding to.

14 posted on 07/14/2013 7:54:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911
As I wrote in post #1:

Apparently this takes place in the Toledo, Ohio area.

15 posted on 07/14/2013 7:57:03 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll
That is a great video to illustrate several issues. First you have to be extremely alert while biking in these urban areas. I have seen people attacked from preps that hid beside cars and knocked bicyclist off to steal the bike. The other issue is that Toledo just south of Detroit has detroitopia, just in the earlier stages of failure. These multimillion dollar projects are just a union boondoggle never meant to be used by taxpayers.
16 posted on 07/14/2013 7:58:35 PM PDT by pterional
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To: SatinDoll

I can post huge lists of upcoming biker rides where they can try to pull their crap, if they’d like to.


17 posted on 07/14/2013 8:01:51 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: Salamander

Some cities have groups of semi-legal, semi-organized nighttime bike rides in the summer. I thought it might be fun to try it once, but I’m a slow rider. If I get “dropped” by the group and end up riding alone, it would be most unsafe. I’d have to call a cab to get home.


18 posted on 07/14/2013 8:07:29 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll
We got one of these taxpayer funded paths in our neighborhood. It looks nice, and is great for a Saturday afternoon bike ride with the family.

But it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain (OK, that excludes most liberals) that these paths that pass through wooded areas are crimes waiting to happen. Especially violent crimes.

19 posted on 07/14/2013 8:08:31 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: stillonaroll

Depends on what county you live in. Here in Fresno county getting a CCW is not a problem as long as your record is clean.


20 posted on 07/14/2013 8:09:34 PM PDT by pterional
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To: pterional

Is a CCW permit from Fresno valid throughout CA? Can a resident of another county get one?


21 posted on 07/14/2013 8:13:12 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

But the race-baiters insist that there should be no place in America where a person has to be scared about passing freely.

Ha.

Whites know there are entire districts that we simply should not walk.


22 posted on 07/14/2013 8:20:29 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: stillonaroll

If Obama had a brood of children they would look like these thugs.


23 posted on 07/14/2013 8:20:44 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: stillonaroll
"It's difficult to get a CCW permit here in CA.

It's much easier to just give up cycling. :(
"

Go to Chinatown. Be humble and unassuming. Find out where to pay to train with a whipchain or ropedart while riding a bicycle.


24 posted on 07/14/2013 8:25:13 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
A Google search of "bike path robbery" returns 925,000 hits.

In the past, I would ride bike paths in late afternoon or early evening. I'm not likely to do so again.

25 posted on 07/14/2013 8:32:10 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

little bastards (most likely)


26 posted on 07/14/2013 8:32:51 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: stillonaroll

As fast as the guy was going, that idiot would have broken his foot or ankle if he’d have connected with that kick. He’d have looked like a thanksgiving wishbone.


27 posted on 07/14/2013 8:33:01 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: bigbob

Indeed, it is about 75% likely they are fatherless.


28 posted on 07/14/2013 8:37:48 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Slump Tester
Yes, the perp would might have injured a foot or ankle, but the intended victim would have been sent flying off his bike. Best case: road rash. Worst case: multiple broken bones plus a beating/robbery by the youths.
29 posted on 07/14/2013 8:50:07 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: bicyclerepair
Grab that little punk’s foot and flip him on his @ss.

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That would take some serious bike-fu skills. :)

30 posted on 07/14/2013 9:01:37 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll
A CCW issued in Fresno County is good anywhere in California but they recommend that you don't take firearms into San Francisco. You have to apply within the county that you reside.
31 posted on 07/14/2013 9:21:10 PM PDT by pterional
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To: stillonaroll

carry a can of pepper spray and give the sob’s a shot the next time they get in your way.

you have the right to remain safe and to ride unmollseted by the virmine.

its also a great idea to record video for evidence of the crimes committed against you.


32 posted on 07/14/2013 9:31:30 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: stillonaroll

If you can get a cab to come to your location after dark. There are places in lots of cities that cabs won’t go to at night. I got stuck at one of those locations once. Luckily the Mexican cleaning couple were just finishing up and I gave them $20 to give me a ride to a motel on the other side of town.


33 posted on 07/14/2013 9:37:29 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: puppypusher

Pepper spray is expensive.

A better option is a spray bottle filled with mostly water but a little bit of dish soap and two or three tables spoons of ammonia like you use to mop a floor with. You could rob a store with that concoction as it works like tear gas. If the police ask whats in the bottle you can honestly say “soap”

The issue is that even a pistol is not much good against an ambush.

There is no real answer to the problems created by the liberals in inner cities that is worse than I want to write about.


34 posted on 07/14/2013 9:45:38 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: stillonaroll

I bike all over San Jose and the hazard on our trails are homeless and addicts living by the creeks next to the trails. I created a handle out of 550 lb. paracord that is attached to my 33oz stainless steel Oakley Water Tank that I keep in my bottle cage. Very effective weapon to swing at someone’s head. (If I ever do, I’m ditching the cord because it is “illegal” as a flail).

I have a 5lb Kryptonite lock in the back loop of my messenger back. At night, I carry a surefire tactical flashlight on my strap pad to wreck the night vision of an assailant, plus it has a crenelated “striking bezel” as an impact weapon.

In my front pocket, I have always have one of my three Kershaw knives with speed-safe as well. Luckily, I’ve had no problems even riding in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. I made a wrong turn once by a housing project up there and rode as fast as I could with my knife in my hand. As a general rule, I stay out of Oakland or places with a lot of Trayvons around.

I plan to move back to Arizona or go to Texas in the next couple years. Then I can just carry a handgun when I’m on my bike.


35 posted on 07/14/2013 10:46:22 PM PDT by Conservative Vet
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To: Fai Mao

A better option is a spray bottle filled with mostly water but a little bit of dish soap and two or three tables spoons of ammonia like you use to mop a floor with. You could rob a store with that concoction as it works like tear gas. If the police ask whats in the bottle you can honestly say “soap”

The issue is that even a pistol is not much good against an ambush.

There is no real answer to the problems created by the liberals in inner cities that is worse than I want to write about.

The thing about pepper spray is that it will not only incapacitate most people to the point their drooling uncontrollably is they are also marked as the perpatrators because the stuff is bright orange and its very hard to remove from yourself and clothing.

Just be sure to get a large can.

It’s legal in most of the 50 states.


36 posted on 07/15/2013 3:21:32 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: stillonaroll

What else is new? This is America now. Only wealthy people who can afford to live in gated communities can enjoy things like “bike paths” and “parks” and “beaches.” The rest of us pay for them, don’t dare use them, and don’t dare open our mouths about it.

Celebrate diversity!!!


37 posted on 07/15/2013 8:33:45 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: pterional
That’s good info...thanks. I’ve heard it’s very difficult to get a CCW permit in Santa Clara County. Maybe I’ll get an apartment in Fresno. :)
38 posted on 07/15/2013 6:41:04 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Fai Mao
A better option is a spray bottle filled with mostly water but a little bit of dish soap and two or three tables spoons of ammonia like you use to mop a floor with.

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Intriguing. How big a spray bottle?

39 posted on 07/15/2013 7:51:49 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Conservative Vet

I also used to bike all over the South Bay, but I’m too old and slow to dodge the bums these days. Stationary bike in front of a TV is a lot safer. :)


40 posted on 07/15/2013 8:13:23 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll

Another cycling related thread here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3044738/posts


41 posted on 07/19/2013 5:27:36 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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