"Who the heck are these guys? Pirates or somethin’?" Official poster for new Tim Hank film Captain Phil.
This is how you get me to rank Batmans.
Last night, a friend of mine, was riding her bike along Kimball near Wrightwood. A purplish-maroon Chevy Tahoe pulled up alongside her. The passengers leaned out and grabbed her by her messenger bag and dragged her as the car sped laughing and yelling at her all the while.
The nightmare stopped when eventually she crashed into a parked car that finally pulled her away from her the hands of her attackers. By some miracle, she was only bruised and terrified.
The Chevy Tahoe and the amused sadists sped away before she could get their license number. Compassionate witnesses and drivers stop to check in on her and help her phone a friend who escorts her to the hospital where she’s released at 4am.
This isn’t all that unusual. Lately there have been a rash of attacks on cyclists in Chicago.
The latest one happened to a friend, and one of my favorite Chicagoans, Jana Kinsman. If you’re a Chicagoan, you might know her, she’s a beekeeper, illustrator, urban naturalist, and very active member of Chicago’s design community.
Please reblog. I don’t ask people to do that often, but I have to believe that maybe someone, somewhere in Chicago knows something that can help out. There are people out there who are trying to kill people for fun.
In her words, “What makes me feel most helpless is that i can’t be like ‘learn from this’. I can’t offer anything. This is that awful tiny fraction of bike injuries where there was nothing i could have done different to avoid this.”
Here’s a link to the color of the vehicle. If you have any tips, call the Chicago Police and use report #HW415248