Dear folks of Columbus, help an attacked cyclist out, please…

Hey guys… last week, a friend of mine was attacked while riding home on his bike on Long & Champion, here’s a map…

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At the bottom of this post is the news story that 10TV published… 2 things:

1) to all cyclists, everywhere…. be careful out there. Not only are we always one mistake or one idiot away from getting severely injured or worse, but people love to yell at, hate, and sometimes hurt cyclists. We are easy targets, often alone, on protected, and in warmer weather wearing nothing but a little spandex (I’ve got quite a few taunts from way too many OSU fans before & after games when I’ve been in that area on my bike). So please, be vigilant, be alert, & careful.

2) Throughout this post are pictures of JT’s bike. If you see it, please notify the police ASAP.

Thanks so much,
Aaron (aka Tsuru)


Bicyclist Recounts Being Attacked, Beaten During Ride Home
Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jason Wilson doesn’t own a car, so he bicycles everywhere he needs to go.

But Wilson issued a warning Wednesday after he was brutally attacked last week by a group of people on the city’s east side.

Each day, Wilson rides a bike to The Ohio State University, where he’s attending graduate school. Then he rides to his job in Grandview, and back to his home in East Columbus.

On Friday night, Wilson said he was near his home at the corner of Long and Champion avenues when he saw a group of people gathered outside a convenience store.

He said one of the people crossed the street and delivered a blow that knocked him off his bike. He staggered back to his feet but was attacked again, this time by the entire group.

“Then they surrounded me and continued to punch me,” Wilson said. “The crowd was jeering and (it was) entertainment. I just knew they wanted to hurt me really bad and it was going to get really ugly if I couldn’t get away.”

Wilson said the attack left him bloody and battered.

“I started seeing blood splashing up into the goggles I was wearing,” he said. “And I just really had to get out of there at that point. I sprinted down the side street all the way home.”

He said he looked over his shoulder and saw one of his attackers pedaling away on his $2,000 bike.

On Wednesday, Wilson said he’s now riding a bicycle he made out of spare parts and wondering what kind of people would attack a total stranger.

“It was extremely traumatic,” he said. “I’ve never had something like this happen to me and it was just so random. Really, just the senseless brutality of it is really said.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

5 comments for “Dear folks of Columbus, help an attacked cyclist out, please…

  1. ingrid
    January 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    i hope your friend recovers, both physicaly and mentally. It's incidents like this that truely make me wonder what's wrong with people and society. It is frightening to think that one minute you are doing the same thing youve done a million times, riding home on your bike, and the next minute you are being brutally attacked. The loss of his $2000 is unfortunate, the gain of paranoia and fear is much more troubling. Like I said, I sincerely hope your friend finds a positive way to get through this. People can be so disappointing.

  2. amy
    January 14, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Sadly, some people find these kinds of things entertaining and it makes the world a scary place for the rest of us. I hope they catch the people who did it and your friend is alright.

  3. jet
    January 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Sadly this kind of thing happens often. I keep a Kryptonite lock close to hand and a can of bear spray might help keep predators at bay. There is a terrible attitude of aggression against cyclists in this country

  4. admin
    January 19, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    terrifying and depressing. as if cyclists didn't have it hard enough already…
    i hope your friend has not lost faith in people as a result of this. i'd like to think sick maniacs like these are in the extreme minority and people, somehow, are essentially good…

  5. Tsuru
    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    An extreme minority, yet when shit happens —> Damn…

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