Cyclists/motorists fight at Nocturnal Wed 21st April
Wednesday 21 April 2004, there was a fight between some cyclists and some motorists during a bicycle pub crawl in SE Portland. This post is a record of the events of that evening, without much analysis.
This post is a (almost intact) copy of an email sent out regarding the events, hence it sounds like an email. Enjoy.
A run-down of the events last night, with a conservative eye for
accuracy. My perspective on things, and some stuff I didn't witness
personally, but it will give a pretty good idea of what happened.
The mid-week pub crawl met at Lucky Lab, then proceeded to upstairs at the
Goodfoot. After the Goodfoot, we went to the Triple Nickel.
(I didn't witness this next paragraph first hand)
When the first three (or so) cyclists had almost arrived at the
Triple Nickel, they were nearly hit by an automobile that took a turn fast
and wide. When they parked at the Goodfoot, the same automobile was
observed to be parked in front of the Goodfoot, and the driver and his
passengers were identified inside. At some point, I believe right after
the near collision, the cyclists spoke to the driver and his passengers,
and the passengers offered some apology and shared concern that the driver
had been going too fast.
Inside the bar, there was some discussion and concern that this driver was
too intoxicated to safely operate an automobile and that someone was going
to get hurt(like a cyclist or pedestrian). With two sites of drunk driver
caused fatalities right around the corner from the Triple Nickel, the
danger seemed particularly real. The consensus among the pub crawlers was
that we had to take some action. So one of the cyclists confronted said
driver and told him that he believed the driver was too drunk to drive and
should make other transportation plans. The driver became defensive to
this, and did not respond positively at all. After more discussion among
the cyclists, and some talking with the bouncer, it was decided to let the
air out of the tires of the driver's car, in the hopes that this would
force them to find alternate (safe) means of transportation.
So upon leaving the bar, without much speed or stealth, the air was let
out of all four tires of the car, and several minutes later, the ride
departed for the downstairs bar of the Nocturnal, a trip that was made
After perhaps 25 minutes at the Nocturnal, where the pubcrawlers were then
the only customers, the driver from the Triple Nickel, his passengers, and
perhaps a couple others (4-6 total), rushed into the bar and began
punching various cyclists, in particular the one who had approached
the driver. The assaulters were under the impression that the tires of
their automobile had been slashed. The skirmish lasted perhaps 5 minutes.
Bar staff and one cyclist called 911 to report the incident and request
the police. Tables were overturned, glasses were broken. Nobody seems
to have used any weapons, besides fists.
Before the police arrived, the assaulters fled the bar. Reportedly the
police saw their automobile (a second one, that had not been tampered
with) before it left.
The damage after the skirmish...
Several broken glasses (from hitting the floor I believe)
A broken ketchup jar which was confusing, because there was also blood on
The place was generally a mess
The bartender, who tried to stop the fighting, was bleeding from
the head, and had a cut on the ear which almost certainly required
stitches. The bartender was later seen at the emergency room by another
injured cyclist and was reportedly free of serious injury.(was driven to
Providence Hospital by coworker)
One cyclist had a deep cut on the forehead which required several
stitches. (was driven by ambulance to Providence Hospital) One cyclist
visiting from the north had minor cuts on the head, but declined medical
attention; last seen riding off into the night.
Of the remaining cyclists, all but one, (so 4) had been injured to
varying degrees, from a few bruises to significant bruises and some
abrasions (but none of these were bleeding)
Not sure what injuries the assaulters sustained, but definitely
Promptly after the police arrived, they took statements from the injured
When the remaining cyclists (less the one who got an ambulance ride) went
outside they found at least one slashed tire(very visible large cut), but
no other damage I believe. There was also much talk among the cyclists
(and remaining Nocturnal workers) as people tried to make sense of what
had just happened.
Various rumors later that the workers from Nocturnal identified the
driver's car in front of the Triple Nickel, and got the make, and license
plate (it had dealer plates still), and that this information was passed
onto the police. This is probably true.
The injured cyclists bike was returned to his house, and at the very end
of a long night, he was walked from Providence Hospital to a nearby
friend's house where he spend the night.
A few final thoughts:
No serious injuries...I'm very thankful for this.(!) Luck.
Not sure how the assaulters found us at Nocturnal, presumably someone
overheard us talking about our next destination (which would've been
easy), or they may have recognized the distinctive chopper parked out
Neither of the hospitalized people have insurance. It would be great if a
collection came together to help them with their medical costs.
It would be great to hear if the police were able to get a hold of the
assaulters and what came of it. I don't know how to do this.
Yes, a very exciting pub crawl indeed. As I said, we're very fortunate
not to have any serious injuries.
Hope this answers most questions.
Peace unto you,
Ride safe kids.
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