Today, I was riding home from work on the northbound Guilford Bike Boulevard. The same thing I’ve been doing every other day in recent memory. But today, something was different.
Dreadfully, awfully different.
As I passed Mt. Royal and headed north approaching the Copycat building, I saw a group of boys aged 13-15 ahead. Nearer to me was one of their peers.
I passed the first male and approached the rest. Suddenly, the first boy yelled out, “Bike!”
Suddenly, the entire group of 4-5 teens charged full speed at me simultaneously.
It’s funny how the body can operate on adrenaline on a dime. I accelerated as fast as I could away from the group. I was nearly knocked to the ground. Ahead in the distance were 2 cars in the on-coming traffic lane. I headed towards them to try to intimidate my pursuers before swerving out of the way.
I lost the boys and escaped physically unharmed. Emotionally, the danger in my psyche persists.
I called 911 and the police showed up shortly thereafter.
That doesn’t mean the boys were without their victims. There are reports of other cyclists similarly evading the group. Unfortunately, Mark Brown at Car Free Baltimore wasn’t so lucky.
I was able to warn two other cyclists to avoid the route before safely reaching my house. However, if you ride the Guilford Bike Boulevard, exercise extreme caution. Err on the side of caution.
Be aware, and ride safe. Mark Brown’s latest blog post could happen to any of us.
EDIT: Based on our comments, this sounds like this activity is also happening on Charles St, just north of North Avenue.