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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Minneapolis Bike Riders Targeted With Sticks, Rocks, Molotov Cocktail [The Atlantic Cities]


JOHN METCALFE

Minneapolis Bike Riders Targeted With Sticks, Rocks, Molotov Cocktail
Drew Ditlefsen was pedaling his Long Haul Trucker cycle Wednesday on Minneapolis'Midtown Greenway when he heard a crash of breaking glass. That was followed by a fwoooosh!and the trail behind him was suddenly lit up with fire.
"At that point I was kind of heading away as quickly as I could," says Ditlefsen, a 27-year-old delivery man for Peace Coffee. "I had the chance to look back, and there were flames a few feet high across the pathway."
The cyclist glimpsed people huddled on a bridge on 15th Avenue that he had just ridden under. It wasn't hard to put two and two together: In past trips through the Greenway, Ditlefsen has had many things lobbed at him from bridges. It's been mainly sticks and bottles, although he has a friend who claims somebody tried to drop a shopping cart on her. The Molotov cocktail was a new experience, and one that baffled him.

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