Stalked & Sexually Harassed While Biking to Work

posted in: Bicycle | 5

Location: 10th and N St NW
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

So I ride my bike to work every morning, complete with helmet, backpack and business attire. I was getting on my bike on 10th street and riding down around 7:15am, and then at the cross section of N and 10th, this car full of men stops in the middle of the street and start catcalling and saying very vulgar things to me in Spanish. I was biking towards them and decided to continue my route by making a right turn onto N St. Then men instead of continuing along slowed down the car and continued shouting at me and even reached out the windows to touch me. The street is narrow and I was stuck between their cars and the parked cars on the street. Frustrated, I decided to give them the middle finger but I lost my coordination and crashed into one of the cars parked on the side of the road, and then they just sped up and left. I hit my leg into my pedal somehow and now have a deep cut on my shin and a lot of bruising. I could have been really hurt and sure I didn’t have to give them the middle finger but they were harassing me enough that I probably would have crashed anyways.

Submitted on 7/16/12 by “Ambar”

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5 Responses

  1. John B

    As a fellow biker, I know how hostile motorists can be without adding the sort of sexual harassment you experienced.

    Did you get a tag and did you report this incident?

  2. Frank

    A helmet cam would have come in handy.

  3. robert

    so sorry about your leg. but you have to admit, that was pretty funny.

  4. DaveS

    Robert, I enjoy a good laugh too but I don’t see it. Please explain what was pretty funny here?

  5. Bossi

    The guys standing at the corner of 11/N every morning are the only folk I’ve ever heard give out a catcall… I didn’t think anyone actually did that except in old TV shows and Brooklyn construction sites. I can’t imagine it’s a particularly effective pickup line.