Tack Attack on Pinnacle Valley Road / County Farm Road

TAKE ACTION: Tacks on County Farm/Pinnacle Valley Road: As some of you have heard some very thoughtless person (or persons) put tacks on the road between Two Rivers Park and Highway 300. In addition to the usual number of cyclists riding this route on the weekend, a number of cyclists were participating in the Hike/Bike event benefitting ALS. Thankfully no one was injured by this cruel act, although there were a number of flats and people were not able to complete the ALS event. 

Judge Villines was apprised of this and sent out sweepers to sweep up the tacks. He has also alerted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department which will patrol the area. In a response to our e-mail, Sheriff Holladay stated: 

“I have received your e-mail correspondence with Judge Villines. The e-mails have been forwarded to Patrol Commanders with instructions to have deputies patrol the area as frequently as possible. Criminal charges (Criminal Mischief) can be filed if individuals are caught in the act or if a witness comes forward to identify the person/s responsible. Victims who need to file a report can call our dispatch at 340-6963 and a deputy will contact them and prepare a report. We will assist you in any way possible. If you need to speak to me directly you can contact me at 340-7060. Sheriff Holladay.”

Thanks Sheriff. Cyclists, remember to file a report if you were the victim of this cruel act or have information and remember to report violations of the 3 foot passing law. 

And thanks to John Barton in his JBAR cycling blog for this important reminder:
Let’s Be Fair: Share the Damn Road! That Means Us.
We cyclists like to point to our right to be on the road. “Share The Road” is a nifty slogan, but it goes both ways. Some drivers simply do not believe that bikes belong on the road and nothing will alter their position. Most people don’t have a problem in theory with sharing the road, but they want and deserve a little consideration. 

A friend and fellow rider happened to be out on Hwy 300 Saturday on his motorcycle. He was behind a line of cars that was creeping along at 12 MPH as a couple on bikes rode two abreast, taking the lane and ignoring the cars behind them. There is no shoulder on most of 300, but there is no excuse for not moving over as far as practicable and going single file. Situations like that were taking place all too often. Large numbers of cyclists on the road can make us feel empowered, but the fact is that the more cyclists take to the road, the more we need to be sensitive to the drivers with whom we share the resource.

We need drivers on our side and it only takes a few interactions like the one above to turn a patient, cooperative driver into the horn honking fist-shaker that we are all too familiar with. Acknowledge cars that approach you out on the road and let them know that you’re trying to work with them. For most people, that’s enough to get you a full wave instead of the single-finger variety. 

Keep up to date with this story on the BACA Facebook Page.