I’m sure it’s happened before…and I’m sure it will again. Someone was attacked on the West Des Moines Green Belt Trail…from behind…via a bike riding attacker. Des Moines Register Story.
My wife rides this occasionally and since this was done at 3PM in the afternoon…obviously the person doesn’t care. The woman escaped serious injury but I’m sure the mental aspects are tougher.
I’m always hyper-aware on those trails. If for no other reason, it will help me dodge the wildlife that could cause me to tumble. If I were moseying along I’d be less inclined to pay attention. There are a TON of people that walk or jog with ear buds and ipods too. I guess the right target hadn’t come along for this creature.
Please be cautious and let’s catch this thing.