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Old 02-27-12, 11:01 PM
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Scariest Ride Ever or Where TF did you ride today?

I rode straight into gun shoot out in Brooklyn yesterday. The kinda thing you tell yourself would never happen, but I came within 20 ft of some a#%hole shooting a gun. I'm still freaking out, it's actually depressing.

Was riding my Raleigh on the greenway out to Coney Island, the only real stretch I can bike without cars in this part of Brooklyn. Got to a park about 3 blocks from the beach, overlooking a creek with some shipwrecks. I kept following the shore and popped out at the other end into "projects" or low income assisted housing or whatever.

Thought for a second, this is a real scary looking neighborhood. Peeled south to find the main drag, Neptune Ave. Just as I came up to the corner, I hear a POP. Someone runs across the street. Hmmm, people don't run from toy guns or firecrackers. That instant, I see this guy with a gun across the street, ahead of me. I hear 2, 3 and eventually 5 or 6 shots go off quickly, he's pointing at the sidewalk over my right shoulder. I see his arm flailing with a gun. (I have bad peripheral vision so it's all blurry, but I can tell what it is.) It all happens in a flash.

I'm banking left and pedaling, trying to race out of that intersection as fast as I can. i'm thinking, don't stop, don't stop, keep going. I didn't want to hear that sound again, and shut out thoughts of what else he might do. Just get out.

After a few minutes, police and ambulance with sirens blazing pass me heading towards the scene -- or were they? Did this really happen? I didn't slow down until I was back on the greenway.

I got home and told my wife right away. I was scared, and depressed. How could a nice placid ride to the beach turn into a near death experience? It's not like you're thinking you're gonna get caught in a cross fire every day -- just because you live in New York. But this really hit home. I doubt I'll ever go near there again. It just sucks from a biking perspective.

My wife says to keep riding and just stay out of bad neighborhoods. I don't know, I'm having a hard time getting over this. The park was lovely, I hung out with a harmless old lady. Couldn't have imagined I'd nearly get shot only three blocks away.

Some of us live in big scary cities, right? Please cheer me up.


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Old 02-27-12, 11:11 PM
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Thats heavy man, sorry that happend to you.
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Old 02-27-12, 11:13 PM
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I'm usually riding in pretty bad areas too but i've never had anything like that happen to me
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Old 02-27-12, 11:18 PM
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What did you expect in coney island? I'm sure I would have crapped myself too. Nyc is a comparatively safe city but you still have to be careful in some neighborhoods. You went through one of them and had a little bad (good?) luck. You've got a good story now though!
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Old 02-27-12, 11:38 PM
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Old 02-27-12, 11:49 PM
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The only reason why I share it here:


Took that about ten minutes before it happened. Like I said, it didn't look like that kinda day but I guess neither does war.

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Old 02-28-12, 12:05 AM
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Sh*t gets realll down in BK...

next time you go for a ride in the PJ's you gotta come with one of these:



or if you want a little style then:




also you might turn this into an opportunity to attached a new accessory to your bicycle.

making something like this that attaches to your seat tube for some self defence.



PS. we're glad to hear you're ok and that you didn't catch any stray slugs. Your adrenaline must have been going pretty good at that time
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But I'm a weight weenie. Why spend hundreds of dollars chiseling grams off your bike, just so you can make it up with armor and artillery.
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Shootings are pretty traumatizing, no doubt about that. Your wife is right, you should keep on riding. You don't want one very negative and dangerous experience that had nothing to do with you other than bad timing limiting you from something you enjoy.
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Yeah, that sucks. I also saw a man pointing a gun at someone during a ride this year.... although didn't hear shots fired. I'd say keep riding and remember that is not common... maybe avoid that area.

Hopefully that is the last time you witness that.
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I got held up at gun point with the guy chambering a round and pointing the gun straight into my face a few blocks from my apt. and I still ride wherever I want to. There have been other experiences where people have pointed guns at me because they were crazy idiots too. Shootings and that sort of thing are rare occurrences that just happen when you happen to be unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though it can be a harrowing experience, I would just chock it up to bad luck and keep riding. However, having been in projects where it was like a war zone, you definitely have to avoid those places at all costs. Keep enjoying your riding and thank your lucky stars you were not injured or worse. It wasn't your time, so be happy and continue riding. Don't let it get to you. Life is to be enjoyed - on a bike.
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Sorry about your unfortunate experience. Having been born and raised in NYC, and knowing that part well due to working a couple Summers in Brooklyn... I can only add that you wandered into a less than desirable section of Coney Island. West of your location is Sea Gate, a gated old community guarded by NYPD no less. Those residents have the clout and money to fence out the ghetto-ed surroundings. If you wish to bike along the beach, I recommend the Sheepshead Bay portion at the eastern end (Manhattan Beach, K.C.C.). If I were you, I'd stay on the gateway along the Belt Pkwy overlooking the harbor and the Verrazano Bridge. Much safer.

During my time in the city back in the early 90s, I was witness to two shooting incidents, both in Manhattan. I can only offer that NYC has improved since I was a kid in the 70s. There will always be such incidents, but you must be aware of your surroundings and know the trouble spots. It'll keep you out of trouble.
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When I was in college, I delivered pizzas to pay tuition. One evening, I am making a deliver in the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta near UCSB--not a big mean city, mind you. As I passed the pizza over the fence, I notice a couple sketchy cholos (18 and 20, turns out) walk by the street but keep going and I dismiss them as neighbors. After I hand the pizza over to a young boy and dad, I start to walk back to my car which is in the driveway. At this point the two men run at me from the neighboring bushes. I run around the back and they run around the front. We meet at the driver door, but I'm there a split second before them. As I am getting the car in gear, the two men stab me several times in the chest and left arm through the open driver-side window, barely missing my heart. As ill-planned as it was, the two attempted murderers (who were later convicted of said crime) actually lived in that house and convinced their younger brother ask the dad to order pizza so they could kill the pizza delivery man as part of a gang initiation. They even bragged about their plans (which also included burning my body in the nearby creek ) to someone they beat up earlier in the day. It's a stupid, crazy world sometimes. It takes a while to get over a traumatic event like that, but you eventually do, and you get a bit more cautious. I even went back to delivering pizzas, about a year later, but I switched to a pizza shop in the ritzy town of Montecito. I'm glad you made it out of there before the gunman decided to take care of the witnesses.
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I think you have to try and put this behind you.

As a life-long New Yorker, I have seen things alot worse than they are today. There was a time when a shooting like you witnessed wouldn't have even made the news or turned a head. The 70's were terrible in this city, the murder rate was over 3000 a year! Things got alittle better in the 80's, and then crime soared again under Mayor Dinkins in the early 90's. It got so bad I nearly moved out. Then thankfully came Guiliani, and he just obliterated the crime rate here. You could immediately feel the difference when he took over. Peace reigned under his watch and Bloomberg has done a good job keeping it that way and to this day, we are the safest big city in America.

However, if this economy stays so weak, all of America will be seeing their crime rates climb as the poor turn to crime to make money. Thats certainly no excuse, but it happens all the time. Work keeps people busy and connected to society and there neighborhoods.

I say keep riding. Stay away from the projects though, they are the worst invention this country ever came up with! I ride often and I have no reservations about it, because I remember the really ugly times in this city when I couldn't...
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
When I was in college, I delivered pizzas to pay tuition. One evening, I am making a deliver in the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta near UCSB--not a big mean city, mind you. As I passed the pizza over the fence, I notice a couple sketchy cholos (18 and 20, turns out) walk by the street but keep going and I dismiss them as neighbors. After I hand the pizza over to a young boy and dad, I start to walk back to my car which is in the driveway. At this point the two men run at me from the neighboring bushes. I run around the back and they run around the front. We meet at the driver door, but I'm there a split second before them. As I am getting the car in gear, the two men stab me several times in the chest and left arm through the open-driver side window, barely missing my heart. As ill-planned as it was, the two attempted murderers (who were later convicted of said crime) actually lived in that house and convinced their younger brother ask the dad to order pizza so they could kill the pizza delivery man as part of a gang initiation. They even bragged about their plans (which also included burning my body in the nearby creek ) to someone they beat up earlier in the day. It's a stupid, crazy world sometimes. It takes a while to get over a traumatic event like that, but you eventually do, and you get a bit more cautious. I even went back to delivering pizzas, about a year later, but I switched to a pizza shop in the ritzy town of Montecito. I'm glad you made it out of there before the gunman decided to take care of the witnesses.
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Umm, you don't ever want to take to your ATB into the woods in Canada during the deer/moose hunting season, regardless of how bright your cycling gear is.
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One time I was out on the trail and there was some dog poop. Narrowly missed it. Tragedy averted.
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I went to high school in Bed-Stuy in the 60's, was there when MLK was shot.
I used to ride through east ny, canarsie etc. never had any problems other than
someone trying to steal my bike on the bike lanes along the belt parkway over by
Floyd Bennett field.
fast forward some 20 years, driving in Falls Church Virginia when 2 idiots in front of
me start playing swerve into the next lane and cut each other off. They turn off the
road and I think nothing of it, I turn in same direction and drive through the two idiots
having a gun fight across the road I'm driving down. I took off like a scalded cat,
and never looked back.
Ironic isn't it?
Kanegon, take a deep breath, it's okay. stay out of the projects, keep your head
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Unfortunatley with a dense population you run into bad events from time to time and they are not always predictable. Something very simular happened in our NJ suburb just last summer. Just don't let the event keep you off the bike. Glad your safe!
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Man, you guys are the best! This is really helpful. I'm rarely so pathetic, but this was major CV buzzkill. That stretch between the greenway next to the "Belt" and Coney Island is going to be a challenge from now on, but it makes the perfect 16 mile loop for me, almost 70% without cars. Ironically, Manhattan's made all the progress with bike paths in the last 6 years since I moved to Brooklyn. I don't want to portage just to start my ride!

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Umm, you don't ever want to take to your ATB into the woods in Canada during the deer/moose hunting season, regardless of how bright your cycling gear is.
It is always wonderful to have these sentiments posted, cause there is no illegal firearm activity or crime in Canada, just wilderness and moose.
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Kanegon,

Was he shooting at you or at the sidewalk? Regardless, glad you didn't get hit.

Gaucho777,

Glad you survived.

The Golden Boy,

Glad you didn't hit the pile and slip and crash

Eschlwc,

Canada? What's your point, Canada has problems too, crime isn't usually political.

I've had guns pointed at me a few times, even been shot at while in a nice wooded public area of Washington state, crap happens, live and learn if you survive, adjust accordingly and keep living. Only two things have almost killed me so far in my life, vehicle crashes and my former gall bladder, learn what I can from the crashes, got rid of the gall bladder, life goes on.
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Glad you didn't hit the pile and slip and crash
You mean I could've fallen? Yikes! That's more dangerous than I would have even thought!
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Oh, man! Some scary stuff here.

Okay, in 7 years of commuting in Manhattan here's the best I can do:

Last Friday, riding down 9th Ave just south of Port Authority, a big black bus passed me much too close and then moved even closer to stopped cars so I couldn't squeeze between them. I went around the stopped car and tapped on the bus driver's window. He rolled it down, and I said, very politely, "a little courtesy, please?" He suggested I use the bike lane. I pointed out there wasn't one, so I was using the street and should be treated as a car. He said, "if you get in front of me, I'll kill you" and rolled his window up again.
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