Thursday, June 11, 2009

update on SRT assault

from a Phila Bike Club member......

From HH of the Phila Bike Club
Subject: [bcp] SRT Assault Follow-up

I attended last night's meeting in Norristown with various police and
government officials, plus a roomful of concerned cyclists. Much was
discussed, which I will leave to Steve Sheetz to report on, since he is
heavily involved in these type of things.

I do want to mention that one of the most important things I got out of the
meeting was the value of reporting ALL incidents. I was amazed when we were
told that there were very few incidents in the last 3 years, while the
experiences of those in the audience painted a very different picture. It
seemed like many had a story to tell, mostly of harassment, but some with
violence or the threat of violence. It appeared that the scope of the
problem in that area was news to many of the police/government people in

There will be some things set up to make it simple for anyone to report an
incident of ANY nature. Once set up, I will see that this mechanism is
displayed on the BCP website, and would recommend SCU do the same. We can
look forward to details from Steve (sorry to put all this pressure on you,
but you are the man).

Bottom line, PLEASE report anything, regardless of how small it is, not just
something that would require a 911 call. Its the only way to capture the
extent problems, and where they lie.


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