not sure if its been mentioned on this forum yet, but some uncool person has placed tacks on the yarra boulevard from last weekend, so be warned.
went there late morning today, about 7 riders with punctures.
Been covered over here in a little more detail.
https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/forum ... f9c91d827f
I picked up a tack on the 28/2 and just picked up another one this morning, rode past a number of other riders changing flats, the ones I asked all had tacks as well.
I read through the link you posted and it seems VicRoads have been out with the magnet trying to pick them up, so they're either not doing a very good job or whoever is doing it is coming back to throw down some more. Pretty annoying, I think I'll be avoiding the boulevard for a while now though.
I had a tack 2 weeks ago and was told by another rider that he knew of several that have been the victims of tacks, this has been going on for some time. I won't be going back to the boullie for the forseeable future if this is the case. The stupid thing is that people who hate cyclists being on the road would be doing this, all it means is the riders will ride elsewhere and at locations were they would get "in the motorists way" as they think. I hope the people getting the punctures are throwing the tack long and far away from the road.
I reported a fault with the Boroondara council. Sounds like it's VicRoads problem. I'd suggest everyone lodge a complaint with VicRoads. Aint nothing going to be done about it unless the proper people know about it.
FROM Boroondara Council
Thank you for your email, dated 24 February 2014, regarding the thumb tacks on Yarra Boulevard Kew.
A report, from our Customer Services team, was sent through to us on Thursday 20 February. Based on the information given Council’s Rapid Response team went out immediately to remove the tacks.
It was reported back to me that no tacks could be found.
Another report, from our Customer Service team, was sent through to us on Friday. I followed this up with the previous report & it appears that incorrect information was given in the first instance.
This was referred to VicRoads on Friday & again on Monday as Yarra Boulevard is not a Council maintained road.
The VicRoads reference numbers are 500668573 & 500669834. They can be contacted on 13 11 70.
I also understand that VicRoads were at the site yesterday removing the tacks.
I'v ridden the Yarra Boulevard a few times this week. Saw a lot of people changing tyres. Noticed my rear was flat a couple of hours after I got home, obviously a slow leak as it wasn't noticeable at the time. No trace of what caused it.
There was a cop parked out there this morning just past the roundabout going north. He was still there later when I rode back so it may be related.
He was also telling passing cyclists to use the right hand cycle land "it's there for you". I just ignored him and kept going as I didn't much see the point of crossing the road to use a lane on the wrong side, only to have to cross back a couple of hundred metres later when the lane ends.
Had a flat riding up the climb right before the eastern freeway bridge, it was a nail from a tack/pin , thank goodness i brought the gears along.
Thumbs up for some of the cyclist that slowed down and ask if everythings alright
still on going - picked a 6mm black carpet tack out of mrs antigee's puncture picked up on the Boulevard near junction with Molesworth she'd seen other riders with punctures today
emailed vicroads saying appreciated efforts but still a problem and hoping they were liaising with police still
Police are still looking...
http://www.theweeklyreviewboroondara.co ... oad-tacks/
Looks like the tacks have been back for the last couple of days…
I did manage to get a ride in on 28/3 which was puncture free but would probably start avoiding it again.
I like what they said on that bicycle network link; "And keep riding the Boulie: we must never signal that these behaviours can succeed in deterring people from riding."
Swamp the place with bikes, to achieve the exact opposite of what those who spread the tacks are attempting.
It is April 13th and I picked up a tack while riding on the Boulevard this afternoon. I noticed a couple people on strava complaining about the same problem. The bad news is the tack looked plastic, the only way I can see it being sorted is to use a street sweeper.
back earlier in month I used the Vicroads "report a problem" and thanked them for clean up efforts and said as still seemed to be an ongoing issue that they keep the police updated
article in this weeks Kew etc ProgressLeader appeared with the junk mail today
front page and then 2nd page
is electronic version you don't need to register to read page 2
Went around the bouly today and saw 3 people changing flats - so i assume the tacks were back out in the last few days.
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Yep, they're still there. Picked up one in front tyre on Sunday and crashed as I attempted to turn left onto Chandler Highway (tyre pressure down and front wheel washed out). Bruised and paint off but OK. Three mates picked up more on Tuesday. Seriously, whoever knows the person who is doing this needs to give them up before someone is seriously hurt.
Have you contacted the investigating police about your crash? If not, please do so as the fact that people have actually been harmed by these tacks makes it more serious than people just picking up tacks in their tyres.
Please report it.
Hello Victorians...not often I visit here, but noticed this earlier today. As loathe as I am to give this talkback tool more exposure:
http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitche ... 37iq2.html
First comment is pure gold.
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Talkback radio isn't noted as being a friend of the cyclist, Jim.
Still not sure it wasn't the 3AW van doing it, Neil and Derryn throwing them out the back.
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