“The hope is that if enough people can show that this issue has also affected them, then the Portland Police and Multnomah County District Attorney’s office will… take appropriate, safe legal action.”
— Mark Ginsberg, lawyer
The alleged vehicular harassment of people riding bicycles by a resident of NW Rock Creek Road near Skyline Blvd continues to be an unsolved problem.
Mark Ginsberg, a local lawyer, bicycle advocate and member of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, is working to soothe tempers and make sure that action is taken against the alleged suspect if warranted.
Today, Ginsberg sent out a message to several bike-related emails lists urging anyone who has been victim to harassment on Rock Creek Road to call the police. I’ve pasted Ginsberg’s email below:
Friends in the cycling community,
There has been much discussion lately concerning events on Rock Creek Road in NW Portland.
Many people have indicated that they have been involved in events there involving car driver versus bicycle rider interactions where a specific car driver was aggressive.
If you fit this description, we request that you take action.
The legal, respectful way to do so is to report your event to the Portland Police Bureau, non-emergency telephone unit at (503) 823-3333. It may be helpful to write down the relevant information before you call.
You may also wish to refer to Brianna Walle’s case from August 11th, 2011, which is Portland Police Case # 1169038.
The hope is that if enough people can show that this issue has also affected them, then the Portland Police and Multnomah County District Attorney’s office will see fit to take appropriate, safe legal action.
Please let us know as well, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your event date, date that you called Portland Police and a brief description of the event, so that we can follow up with the PPB.
Mark J. Ginsberg
Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC
Attorneys At Law
1216 SE Belmont St.
Calling the Portland Police non-emergency line is common advice whenever you experience an aggressive road user. You might not think it’s a big deal if the aggressor didn’t inflict actual physical harm; but if the person ever does get prosecuted, these calls will show up on the record and could prove vital to bringing justice.
— [Note: I had hoped to do more follow-up on this issue and call Scott Wheeler for a chat, the man who many people have identified as the man who has repeatedly driven his pickup in an aggressive and menacing manner, but I am camping all week with family and there’s no cell coverage or web access at the campsite (I’m typing this at 10:24 pm from outside a pub in Joseph, OR). I plan to speak with Wheeler on Friday or Monday.]