Cyclist Assaulted on Hudson River Greenway

Victim Michael Mandiberg. The assailant is in the background. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/5714640152/sizes/m/in/photostream/##Hugger Industries/Flickr##

A cyclist was injured after a man kicked in the front wheel of his bike on the Hudson River Greenway near 24th Street yesterday evening. The victim, Michael Mandiberg, was hospitalized with cuts and bruises before being discharged later last night, according to his Twitter feed.

Several people witnessed the unprovoked assault, and the assailant was taken away by police.

We’re still gathering information and will have more updates as the story develops.

The assailant who kicked in the front wheel of cyclist Michael Mandiberg was led away in handcuffs. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/5714662332/sizes/m/in/photostream/##Hugger Industries/Flickr##
  • Scoobydude

     This point is asinine.  If you actually read Streetsblog you would know that it reports regularly on all kinds of pedestrian accidents, incidents and issues. Get your troll on somewhere else.

  • MR

    Daniel, what you’re not understanding is that cyclists refusing to yield right of way to pedestrians *is* threatening.  That doesn’t excise vigilante-ism, but, damn, yelling “yo!” to chase pedestrians out of the crosswalk is being a dangerous, entitled jerk who *is* breaking the law.  Stop and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – it’s that simple.

  • MR

    Daniel, what you’re not understanding is that cyclists refusing to yield right of way to pedestrians *is* threatening.  That doesn’t excise vigilante-ism, but, damn, yelling “yo!” to chase pedestrians out of the crosswalk is being a dangerous, entitled jerk who *is* breaking the law.  Stop and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – it’s that simple.

  • Mark Barry

    That’s a big dude to be kickin’ @. It’s a beautiful ride early in the morning. It dose get a little crazy at times. There are clearly marked walking and bike lanes, but I often deal with many  oblivious walkers and impatient bikers too. Be careful out there!

  • Don

    Looks like a fat Charlie Sheen…

  • Don

    Looks like a fat Charlie Sheen…

  • Driver

    Something other than the media contributing to resentment against cyclists; motorist sitting in even more traffic than before because of the nearly empty bike lane that they are forced to stare at. 
    I’m not against bike lanes.  I comment here a lot, but you never see me bashing the lanes or cyclists.  However, it is more than slightly annoying to sit at a red left turn arrow while the light is green for bicycles and there are none crossing.  Not because there people aren’t on bicycles, but because they have all bunched up at the red light and cleared  the intersection within 5 seconds of the bicycle light turning green (if they bothered to wait for the green light).  The reduced green turn light for cars is enough for about 3 cars to turn, less if there is a slow truck or bus.
    Or driving in clogged traffic on a narrowed down Columbus Ave, with rarely a bike in sight in the bike lane.   Adding insult is the occasional cyclist riding in traffic or in the bus lane rather than using the dedicated space.
    I’m not saying the bike lanes shouldn’t be there, and I am pretty sympathetic the the plight and dangers of the city cyclist.  But if these things annoy me, they must be pissing off the average motorist who has no empathy for cyclists or thought for anyone other than themselves. 
    My point is if there is backlash against cyclists it can’t all be blamed on the media.  Some of it probably comes down to personal experience based on being inconvenienced in a way that may appear to many to be unnecessary.

  • Driver

    They don’t even need to stop and yield.  Simply go around with enough clearance not to seem like an A-hole and everyone should go on their merry way.  

  • Rob H

    I was going to post something about how nuts New York seems to be since London doesn’t have cyclists being campaigned against or attacked but then I remembered the crazy woman who walked straight towards me as I tried to stay out of her way to let her pass as I headed at walking pace towards a cycle lane behind her and then, when her boyfriend finally pulled her out of walking straight into me, screamed “get in the bike lane”. So there’s clearly people terrified of wheeled chariots/ just generally idiots all over the world.

  • Rob H

    I was going to post something about how nuts New York seems to be since London doesn’t have cyclists being campaigned against or attacked but then I remembered the crazy woman who walked straight towards me as I tried to stay out of her way to let her pass as I headed at walking pace towards a cycle lane behind her and then, when her boyfriend finally pulled her out of walking straight into me, screamed “get in the bike lane”. So there’s clearly people terrified of wheeled chariots/ just generally idiots all over the world.

  • MR

    @SB_Driver:disqus Fair enough.  Good rule for cyclists – if you’re within kicking distance while crossing through a pedestrian crosswalk, you’re probably way too close.  I’m truly sorry that Mike scraped his elbow, but he doesn’t seem like a particularly sympathetic character when it comes to how cyclists treat pedestrians.

    aND, YEAH, THE KICKER DOES LOOK LIKE A FAT cHARLIE sHEENN

  • MR

    @3766193b804fcb929bf31f0ca7521ebb:disqus oops.  caps lock.  sry.

  • Driver

    So this guy was menacing you  for 600 feet (god forbid you just let him pass) and passed you close, yet you decided to come around him on the right in order to make a left turn.   Maybe not the brightest idea.  You didn’t simply wait behind him to make your turn because…you are too important to wait in traffic?  you are entitled to be first because you are on a bicycle?  you wanted to make a point?
    You are lucky this guy didn’t run you over and claim you cut him off and he didn’t see you (no criminality suspected), or simply get out and assault you (old school NYC style).  It sounds like you invited a confrontation, and you got one.  

  • Byron@Bike Hugger

    Thanks for piecing the story together from our tweets and Flickr photos. Left the next day for the Climate Ride and haven’t had time to post myself. I’ve seen some crazy shit on a bike, but nothing like this.

  • Johnny Walker

    You seem very homicidal.  What bike lanes do you ride on?  I have a little present for you, Mr. Tuff Guy.
    http://www.defensedevices.com/caltrops.html

  • Driver, what does “just let him pass” mean? Often there just isn’t room for that, because of double parked cars or a street that is simply too narrow. Are you suggesting that people riding bicycles should get off street entirely if there are autos behind them that want to drive faster?

    Secondly, doesn’t that opinion directly conflict the contempt you express right after it for a cyclists being “too important to wait in traffic” ?

  • Clover

    I echo the improved attitude since I ditched the helmet.  Cars cut me off way less than they use to, and nobody honks/screams anymore.  Way better!

  • Anonymous

    It seems as though he may have been targeted only because he was on a bike.

  • The assailant looks pretty pleased with himself for a guy being arrested for assault. WTF?

  •  Hey Johnny Walker.  Don’t you have to get NEAR the bike to place your little spikes?  Not homicidal at all, but if somebody is going to get his jollies off by kicking a bike tire, chances are he will not be kicking anything for the next eight weeks…..

  • Is there a difference in walking or jogging in the bike lane with ear buds in?  We have a moral right to yield to pedestrians UP TO A POINT.  If you are in the right of way and some douche is oblivious to the world, either with ear buds in or walks right into the bike lane while they are texting, what would be your suggestion how to handle the matter.  Nobody is AIMING at pedestrian, but if the choice are 1) go into traffic or 2) plant the pedestrian that is oblivious to the world around them…. what would be your choice.  It is all about personal accountability.

  •  Just think what a nice little mallet would have done for this assclown.  Do you think this guy is going to do one day in jail?  He could have killed Michael, and what are the fine NYPD doing?    I do not want to count the times I have seen bike riders going the wrong way down the street right past NYPD cruisier, and these guys are too busy stuffing their faces to write a ticket.  No, but they are writing tickets for cyclists not having bells on their bikes?

    Not only are they NOT doing the job they are paid to do, they actually GO OUT OF THEIR way to park in bike lanes and fire hydrants.  It comes down to this:  You want help call the FDNY, you want aggravation call the NYPD

  • Driver

    Nathan,  in the context of this incident I mean let him pass, even if it means stopping between parked cars momentarily, or whatever it takes to let the threat pass.  If you are being menaced by an angry driver in a 3 ton SUV (yes, absolutely a true A-hole), the smart thing to do is let him move past so he is no longer a threat.  Is it right?  No.  But it is the smart thing to do for the sake of self preservation.  If Brian couldn’t find a way to let the guy by in 600 feet of riding it sounds like he was trying to make a point.  Not wise, but fine, that’s his choice. 
    But to then pass the same aggravated driver on the right to make a left in front of him is just asking for a problem.  Would it be so inconvenient to wait behind the guy and make the left?  Not likely.  It sounds like Brian invited a confrontation with someone who was clearly not acting reasonably, and he is lucky he wasn’t seriously injured by this guy, either with his vehicle, or personally assaulted. 

    I don’t think cyclists should have to wait in traffic, that would be silly. I made that statement as kind of a multiple choice, the answer being the third one, because he wanted to make a point.  I’m not at all saying he should have been assaulted, but he could have done more to prevent the situation from escalating.  We all know there are plenty of aggressive nut jobs out there.  It is simply a fact of life.  Sometimes we face the choice of either avoiding a problem, or playing with fire.  If you choose to play with the fire, sometimes you are going to get burned.  It’s not always about right or wrong, but about dealing with the realities that exist. 

  • Driver

    Funny how there is no choice to slow down or stop.  Ed, I feel for your frustration.  It’s even worse when the pedestrian is oblivious to an oncoming truck, but hey, we live in a city where 8 million people feel the world revolves around them, so we need to have some tolerance for these things.  No need to be a sociopath about it.  
    Even with that tolerance, I get really annoyed when I see pedestrians walking IN the bike lane and completely and deliberately ignoring cyclists ringing their bells.  It’s more than inconsiderate, it’s blatantly disrespectful, yet much less so than the way many motorists treat both pedestrians AND cyclists.  Basically we live in a city of self absorbed jerks.  It’s no wonder we have all the conflicts that we do.  Sometimes we just have to grit our teeth and move on with our lives. 

  • MR

    And, naturally, if a cyclist is trying to cross a crosswalk with a pedestrian in it, he deserves to get kicked?  Should us pedestrians start swinging hammers at cyclists behaving like Mr. Mandilberg?  Just trying to gauge the level of hypocricy here . . . .  

  • Saloonface

    i live in chicago and every week can count an incident of almost getting knocked over by
    a bicyclist.  maybe it’s just me but there’s more to this story, perhaps, then we are witnessing.

  • Thg9011

    I was riding to work this morning on 1st ave at 14th st & was pushed by a runner who I yelled “Excuse me!’ at a couple of blocks earlier. He was in the bike lane & ran to catch up to me to call me a cunt & push me. The level of anti-woman & anti-cyclist sentiment shocked me into doing nothing. Nobody else did anything either. Thanks, NYC!

  • BarbEmerson5

    I’m confused. Does a pedestrian have the right of way when crossing a bike path? I guess not. In any event I rented a bike last Wednesday and rode from the Holland Tunnel in Soho to the George Washington Bridge via the Greenway bike path along the Hudson. Both bicyclist and pedestrians did not know who had the right of way at times or seemed to be oblivious to each other. Most of the time however, everyone was very considerate of each other.
    Although, I pitied the child day care workers/teachers and the children that were penned up along the benches adjacent to the “shared” portions of the path. It seemed weird that they could only enjoy the outdoors in a safe manner by staying put on the benches, while they feared the bicyclist? Perhaps their should be a time of day that the cyclist should walk their bikes for these kids (and the elderly who also stayed seated on the benches)?
    Or was he walking across a bike path

  • Ian Turner

    @SB_Driver:disqus : Apologies for resurrecting an ancient thread, but now that I’ve started cycling I thought I should comment on this. When riding on a street too narrow for cars to pass, with an aggressive driver behind, my experience is that it’s actually safer to stay in the middle of the street. Having tried it both ways, the problem with moving off to the side, or going between cars, is that the driver behind will not wait for the cyclist to be fully out of the way before gunning it. So I think it really is safest to stay in the middle; they may be angry, or follow too close, but that’s still better than getting run over because you couldn’t get out of the way in time.

  • Tommy

    It looks like the assailant seems pretty happy, which is pretty disappointing. While I understand that a product like the one I am about to recommend wouldn’t of helped in this case, it could help other cyclists. There is a pepper spray that comes with an attachment so you can clip it right onto your bicycle, and it is only $13, so I feel it is worth it to keep yourself against an aggressive assailant. It can be seen here: http://www.buy-pepper-spray-today.com/bicycle-pepper-spray.html

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