Mike Vandeman, a San Francisco Bay Area trail advocate notorious for his strong opposition to any mountain bike trail access, was arrested yesterday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he attacked a pair of mountain bikers with a handsaw.
According to UC police, a pair of mountain bikers were cycling on a fire road in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus. A hiker — Mike Vandeman — struck one of the cyclists with a saw, cutting him across the chest. Other East Bay mountain bikers have reported other similar attacks on them.
UC Berkeley police are asking the public for their help in investigating this and similar assaults on mountain bikers. University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at (510) 642-0472 from 8AM-5PM, or (510) 642-6760 all other times.
Vandeman gained notoriety in the 90s with voluminous Usenet postings to rec.bicycles about mountain bikers as addicted, narcissistic, violently insane liars who are (get this!) bad role models for children. Vandeman continues to oppose bike access at Bay Area trail planning meetings.
Some people are planning a cheering party at the courthouse during Vandeman’s arraignment this afterrnoon in Oakland, though the more temperate are reminding the others that “no outbursts, cheering or disruption” are permitted in a court.
(Side note: I’m not certain, but I think UC Berkeley fire roads are off limits to bikes.)
H/T to Jym Dyer. Mug shot of Michael Vandeman provided by UCPD.