Berkeley - CA 6/2/10

Michael Joseph Vandeman was arraigned in court today. He is scheduled to re-appear in court Thursday with his legal counsel.

Vandeman was arrested by UC Berkeley police last Friday May 28th for assault with a deadly weapon. The full police report is here: He was reported and arrested for carrying a handsaw and cutting one of the two bikers across the chest. This is not the first time such an incidence has been reported.


Local news station KPIX Channel 5 covered the story and it ran in the local nightly news. Video is available here:

The arraignment was at 2pm Wednesday and bail was reduced from $30,000 to $12,500. It is unknown at this time if bail has been posted. Pending contact with his lawyer, Vandeman is scheduled to reappear in court Thursday to enter his plea.

Vandeman is a long time anti-mountain biking zealot who has been infamous in the SF-SJ Bay Area for decades. His campaign against mountain bikers dates back to the heyday of local cycling internet newsgroups.

UC Berkeley police urge cyclists to come forward with any information on similar assaults. University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau: (510) 642-0472 from 8AM-5PM, or (510) 642-6760 all other times.

Please help us spread awareness of these violent acts against cyclists of all categories.

>>In an unrelated story, a Florida man stabbed two cyclists who were out on a holiday ride, this past weekend. More info on our sister site here:

>>This just in: Another story of violence against bicyclists. "Manhunt for driver who struck 4 bicyclists in S.F."

Have YOU ever had a run in with an anti-mountain biking fanatic? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

(thanks to Berkeley Mike for relaying the afternoon's happenings in court today and to RJ2 for speaking on behalf of mountain bikers. For more comments and opinions, read the Mtbr forum thread here: