In case you were convinced the tacks that appeared in the shoulder on Mt Lemmon Highway two weeks ago, were deliberately placed there, more piles were discovered on Thursday and Friday.
This was the message on Sabino Cycle’s page on Friday:
There’s been more tacks put out on Catalina highway. Friends found three separate piles on Thursday and we found a few leftovers today. Seems to be escalating. It may be time to start calling the Sheriffs office and reporting this until they find the person. It could be very dangerous for someone descending the mountain, aside from the annoyance.
Christian Maldonado posted the photo you see above. He got a flat thanks to a tack on Friday morning. His flat came at Catalina Highway and Camino Miramonte. Maldonado’s wife also got a flat from a tack at Avenida de Motezuma more than a mile away.
Ryan Roher a Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy and representative to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee said via email that he had forwarded information about the tacks to the commander and that they requested the a street sweeper come to the area.
He said it is important that bicyclists report these incidents.
“Sadly, this is extremely difficult to deal with,” he wrote. If someone is doing it intentionally obviously this person has a major issue with road users. But that begs the questions, who, what, when, where, and why? We obviously know some parts of those questions. We need help to answer the rest. So riders need to be vigilant and report anything they note as suspicious.”
If you’ve gotten a flat because of the tacks, post a comment on where you flatted and I’ll add it to the map. Perhaps it will become more clear visually where the problem area is.
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