Bicyclist Hunting Season?

As reported in the PI [#], Peter McKay was shot twice on his ride home last Thursday in West Seattle. He now has two pellets lodged in his body, one of which penetrated his lung.

Today’s online edition of the North Seattle Herald-Outlook [#] describes another cyclist shooting:

A bicyclist was shot in the 4100 block of Wallingford Avenue North at 6:55 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The bicyclist told police she was riding in the curb-parking lane, away from vehicular traffic when a car approached behind her. She then heard a gunshot and felt something hit the back of her left shoulder. The car sped away, going about 50 to 55 mph, she said.

The woman said she didn’t see a weapon, but she could smell gunpowder. Also, a passenger-side window was open.

Wearing multiple layers of clothing, the woman only sustained a tear-shaped bruise.

With the recent string of cyclists being run over by large trucks (Bryce Lewis, Seattle, 9/7/07 [#]; Tracey Sparling, Portland, 10/11/07 [#]; Brett Jarolimek, Portland, 10/22/07 [#]), this is particularly upsetting.

Now, not only do we have to watch out for inattentive truck drivers, but there is a new wave of brave citizens of our fine city shooting us in the back from speeding cars.

In more statistically significant bicycle safety news, the end of Daylight Savings Time last weekend means that darkness falls an hour earlier on our evening commutes. CNN reports [#] a 186% increase in the prevalence of pedestrian fatalities in November compared to October.

Be careful out there, and make sure your lights are charged-up. Anybody know where I can get a breathable reflective neon bulletproof vest?

Oh yeah, one last thing – the City Council unanimously passed the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan [#] today, which means we might get some new bike lanes, paths, sharrows, and shoulders over the next 10 years. That is, unless any heavy-handed local businesspeople speak up, in which case the $10 million per year plan will be revised on the spot [#].

[updated 11/5/07 5:05pm most recently]

7 Comments so far

  1. vincent (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

    Bulletproof vests are illegal for the general public to possess, the cops don’t like not being able to shoot you.

    Feel safe!


  2. eldan (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    waitaminute… it’s legal to possess a gun, but not a bulletproof vest? Wow.


  3. Tony B. (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 5:49 am

    I’d just be happy if bicyclist would actually follow the rules of the road.


  4. eldan (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 7:46 am

    Tony B: And we should be shot otherwise? I mean, seriously. How is this relevant or remotely respectful in a discussion about two people being shot, one run over and killed, and several intimidated off the road?


  5. melinda (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 7:46 am

    How is that relevant? First of all, there’s no indication here that the bicyclist wasn’t following the rules of the road. Second, are you saying that you think that people should be shot for breaking traffic laws or annoying you?


  6. buttchigger (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    tony,

    I’d just be happy if drivers would actually follow the rules of the road.

    goes as easily both ways, don’t it?


  7. Aaron (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    If the rules of the road were designed for bicycles, they would be easier to follow!
    But in response to the blog above about the BMP I believe that your satire was indeed well deserved.



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