Baltimore Cyclist Attacked on Guilford Avenue

Christian Schaffer, ABC 2 (Baltimore), April 14, 2014

A Baltimore City man is recovering after several young people attacked him while he was riding his bike Saturday night. The entire incident was caught on camera.

It happened Saturday night along Guilford Avenue a couple blocks south of North Avenue.

There is a slight uphill grade as the street runs North, so Michael Bowman was tired–not going very fast, when suddenly several young people knocked him off his bike and started beating him.

The attack was captured by the small camera mounted on his bike helmet. {snip}

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They knocked him off the bike and punched him repeatedly.  The camera’s battery disconnected so the recording stopped at that point.

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Fortunately most of the punches wound up striking Bowman’s helmet.

“I never felt that all the advice to wear your helmet would come into play to protect me from punches,” he said.

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As for the kids who attacked him?  “I wish they had something to do maybe they could come out and join us,” Bowman said.  “If they asked any of the cyclists if they want to come out on a bike ride they’d probably say yeah I’ll help you get a bike we’ll do this.”

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