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Old 09-18-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I had no idea this had happened before, other than one highly publicized crime a year or so ago, but thought I'd post the warning for those who use this...

The Silver Comet Trail is a paved trail that once finished, will go from Atlanta to Birmingham (for those not in the area). It's a paved trail for bikes, walkers, joggers, and in limited areas, people on horses. Apparently, in West metro Atlanta (Paulding County - Dallas, GA), teens have been assaulting bikers on the trail.

Here is a link to the story: Cyclists Assaulted On Silver Comet Trail - News Story - WSB Atlanta

Anyone who uses the trail should use caution and common sense. Not walking/riding alone and be with others, don't be on the trail after dark, etc. I again, was unaware this was happening. Sad. Personally, if I were biking and saw three people blocking the road, I would start peddling faster and aim straight for one of the guys on the side. I might still get my butt kicked, but at least I'd take one of them out with me.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:35 PM
 
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too bad it doesn't go through Kennesaw, maybe we could see how many citizens actually obey the "must own a gun" law.

Though I wonder where a biker would pull a gun out of, looking at those tight shorts....

you know, there was a school shooting once in an American college (forgot where), and the shooter was stopped by students who ran to their cars and pulled out their guns
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara 93108 / Atlanta 30306
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You could always retrofit your bicycle with a trusty ball bat ... with an attractive leather holster attached to the bike frame. At 10-15mpg peddling ... that ought to clear the roadway a bit.

Gracious ... just can't seem to have anything nice these days ... hey, where are these kids PARENTS?

Here's the URL for the rules of the road:

PATH Foundation (http://www.pathfoundation.org/index.cfm?event=showTrailEtiquette - broken link)

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:44 AM
 
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recommended levels of protection

level 1 - bike with mounted water gun



level 2 - ride around strapped



level 3 - blast they ass

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:50 AM
 
Location: southern california
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major downside of bikes, no armor limited speed.
mean streets do not loan themselves to green transportation.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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My boyfriend and I were riding the trail in Al when we came upon a very old Honda motorcycle and a very dirty stringy haired man standing on the side of the trail. At first he looked like he was using the bathroom but he was standing beside a bridge. These kind of people are who to watch for...no motorized vehicles! I always carry my 9 ml and am considering a shoulder strap for it...I am a female who carries wherever she goes and wouldnt go on the trail without it. Be smart or be a victim. I think even if you have a gun if you cant easily access it you may be in trouble if there are more than one..even if you have a friend you ride with.
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