In Other Zoobomber News...
On Sunday night, August 20, someone tossed ice into the path of oncoming Zoobombers, causing a pileup on SW Fairview in the West Hills. As a result, one biker—known around town as Reverend Phil—crashed and broke his leg.
Chatting with filmmaker Dan Kaufman shortly after leg surgery, the biker cautioned against retaliation toward whoever's been throwing debris in the Zoobombers' path. "Maybe it's just kids who are doing it," Rev. Phil said, on the video that's been posted on YouTube.com. "And they don't understand the consequences." AMY JENNIGES
Second Schumacher Conviction
A second Schumacher Fur protestor, Jonathan Mills, was found guilty last Wednesday of interfering with pedestrian traffic, following the conviction the previous week of fellow protestor Clout Tolstoy for interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. Both were arrested at a protest on March 4. Mills has to pay a $250 fine, and Tolstoy's sentencing is scheduled for August 28.
Observers videotaped the controversial arrests—cops twisted the activists' arms in a way that "concerned" the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center. Mills' attorney, Shannon Mark Mortimer, says "the video... was a big key in giving us a defense on Mr. Mills' resist charge." MATT DAVIS
On August 16, representatives for SK Northwest—the company that wants to build a personal watercraft repair shop along the Willamette River near OMSI, but doesn't want to build a segment of the Greenway Trail bike path, as required by the city—appealed the city's decision to deny their development proposal. SK Northwest says they don't want to build the path because it's a liability to have bikers passing through their property, and because they don't want to pay for it; the company is also arguing that the city's bike path requirement is "unconstitutional.
Evan Manvel of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) testified in favor of the bike path at the hearing. "We supported the city requiring the developer to include a segment of the planned Greenway Trail," Manvel wrote on the BTA's blog. He also argued that if bikers would be endangered by passing through SK Northwest's property, then they face an even bigger risk navigating the currently fragmented bike path and traveling the industrial area's streets. "An alternate structure should be built," Manvel says. AJ