Sad Moment: Bike Messenger vs. Pedestrian
July 22nd, 2009 by Matt
This falls under the category of really sad as far as Iím concerned.
It saddens me on several levels. Itís a commentary on the status of
our society in some ways. Itís a display of violence that certainly
did not need to happen. Itís sad because walking and biking are two
forms of transit that you hope would be free of road rage. I thought
the yelling and screaming crazies were mostly behind the wheels of a
motor vehicle. Itís sad because the post I ran into that broke the
story seems to glorify what happened.
A friend of mine ran into this story and passed it along. It seems to
have originated on the NYC Blog Gothamist that describes what happened
in the following way. The first part appears to be the quote of the
person who took the video, the second part appears to be commentary by
Ē . . .they ran into each other at the intersection. the old guy just
wouldnít leave the bike dude alone, so the bike dude totally let him
have it, POW! KRYPTONITE LOCK TO THE FACE LIKE 3 OR 4 TIMES!Ē Lucky
for us, he filmed it.
Iím of the opinion that stating ďLucky for usĒ regarding this video is
not the best description. If I was breaking the story on bikehacks I
would have written something along the lines of, ďThe incident was
captured on film and hopefully those who view it will be repulsed by
I know I have always rolled my eyes when I hear a TV news reporter
state something along the lines of, ďWarning, what we are about to
show you contains scenes of violence. Those who are disturbed by
images of violence may wish to look away.Ē Donít statements like this
just make you want to watch even more? However, now that the shoe is
on the other foot, I feel compelled to say, if you donít like scenes
of violence, please feel free to skip this video.