Street rage results in photographs fired at bicycle rider in Buckman neighborhood
A verbal interplay between two street customers in southeast Portland erupted into gunfire Saturday afternoon.
Based on neighbors (certainly one of whom contacted BikePortland), the incident occurred round 6:00 pm on September third. A bicycle rider was pedaling south on SE sixteenth between Washington and Alder and had a verbal trade with somebody driving a automotive. The bicycle person reportedly mentioned one thing to the impact of “There’s no have to drive like that, we each have a proper to be on this street!” Then the motive force pulled out a gun, fired two photographs, and sped away.
Portland Cops responded to 911 calls and situated two shell casings close to the sixteenth and Alder intersection.
After listening to about this secondhand, I contacted the Portland Police Bureau. They confirmed the incident and mentioned neither celebration remained on the scene to speak with police. They’re holding the bullets for evaluation and the investigation stays open.
For context, this part of sixteenth is designated as a Neighborhood Greenway by the Metropolis of Portland. It has shared-lane markings (sharrows) and a 20 mph posted velocity restrict. Bicycle riders aren’t simply legally entitled to take the total lane, it’s the most secure approach for them to make use of the street. Neighborhood Greenways are additionally supposed to be, “Streets that prioritize individuals strolling, bicycling, and rolling,” and are the, “spine of the Protected Routes to Faculty community.”
Nevertheless, regardless of the design and intention of those greenways, individuals in rather more highly effective and harmful motorized autos typically show impatient and aggressive habits towards these transferring with human-power. Automobile drivers additionally use these quiet residential streets as shortcuts to keep away from congestion on bigger streets. These conflicting makes use of often lead to worrying interactions.
With nervousness ranges at all-time highs as a result of pandemic, protests, a collapsing economic system, and chaotic nationwide politics, these interactions are extra seemingly than ever to spiral uncontrolled.
Again in Could a person was shot and seriously injured in a similar road rage incident simply seven blocks away.
If in case you have any details about Saturday’s incident, please contact the Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333 and reference case quantity 20-301252.
— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and firstname.lastname@example.org
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