A woman emailed Seattle Bike Blog Tuesday to report a scary attack she said happened while she was biking northbound on Dexter around
6:45 6:10 a.m. She said she was headed downhill in the bike lane when a man stepped into the bike lane in front her and slammed her into the fence of the bus island just east of the Aurora Bridge.
She said she fended him off by brandishing a knife. He was after her bike, she believes.
She reported the incident to police, who searched for but did not locate the suspect. Here’s the text of her email, shared with permission.
I have been cycling to work (now about 15m one way) now for about 5 years. I am a 53y, slightly fat woman. I have the normal caution about cars but never thought I would be attacked while moving on my bike.
6:456:10am this morning a black man stepped in front of me then slammed me against the bus stop fence on Dexter. He punched me twice in the face and grabbed my bike. I punched back and shoved him off me and my bike. As he stumbled I pulled my knife out of my front pack. He came at me again until he saw the knife. That backed him off. He jumped on bus 28. I have my bike and a black eye.
I reported this to the police and posted on Bikewise. I would like to get the word out to be careful around the fenced bus stops on Dexter and be aware if this type of attacks begin to become popular.
I will also say while I was reaching for my knife he was taunting me “go ahead and pepper spray me” He was wearing sport goggles. I don’t know enough about pepper spray, would the goggles have protected him? As it was I think if all I had was pepper spray he would not have backed off.
Also if this happens again using the Metro fence Metro may want to rethink these types of bus structures.
She says she wants to spread the word to make sure this has not happened to anyone else. Seattle Bike Blog has not received reports of similar incidents. Have you heard of any attacks like this recently?