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Driver Punches Cyclist in the Face After Blocking Bike Lane

gothamistI’ve always thought New York’s reputation for having a bad attitude was unwarranted. Still, there are a few bad apples. Take this September 1st incident for example. Bike commuter Anna Letitia Mumford was riding in the bike lane after crossing the Manhattan Bridge when a motorist decided to use the bike lane to escape the traffic gridlock. When Mumford attempted to notify the driver that she was blocking the bike lane at a red light, the driver got irate and punched her in the face.

The story gets worse. The police not only refused to even acknowledge that the driver was blatantly violating the law and putting the public in harm’s way, they encouraged Mumford not to press charges. Read the entire article over at The Gothamist.

Thanks to Roger Lootine for the link.

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8 Comments

  1. paulSeptember 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Aim for the nuts, claim self defense, young lady.

  2. Urban JeffSeptember 6, 2009 at 10:52 amAuthor

    The driver was also a female.

  3. bikerooSeptember 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Headbutt her in the ovaries!

  4. paulSeptember 6, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    That’s too sad. It is my unfortunate experience to know that some of the most discourteous, rude and aggressive drivers are also women.

  5. crashnburnSeptember 7, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I would’ve punched her back.

  6. AlexisSeptember 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Now now, no need to bring misogyny into the picture, too. The gender of either party doesn’t really matter so much as a motorist punched a cyclist in the friggin’ face and the police didn’t do a damn thing.

  7. critninjaSeptember 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

    physical conflict with drivers is generally a bad idea, although it is understandable that we (cyclists) feel its warranted. check this link for conflict gone really bad – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/crown-faces-challenge-in-giving-former-a-g-a-fair-trial/article1275368/#video

    i feel sorry for the lady who got the knuckle sandwich. it could have been alot worse.

    be careful out there people.

  8. KyleSeptember 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I rode in NYC for years and despite much civic improvement for cyclists the cops seem not to be behind more bikes on the streets. It’s another sickening sign of how political battles and big heads can really hold a community back. Get a few cops enforcing bikers right and maybe even get a few cops riding around and I see the over all non-riding public giving (and possibly thus receiving) more respect to cyclists… one could hope anyway.

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