Tacks strewn on Hawthorne Bridge hit bike tires

No police reports filed about the incident

A bicyclist on the Hawthorne Bridge, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
A bicyclist on the Hawthorne Bridge, Jan. 7, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — On a sunny, cold, well traveled bike route into downtown Portland, someone scattered thumb tacks on the Hawthorne Bridge for Tuesday night’s commute, damaging several sets of rider’s tires.

“We don’t even know what happened,” said Rob Sadowsky of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. “We don’t know if this was in isolated incident where someone was targeting bicyclists or whether someone just dropped a box of tacks.”

Sadowsky said the ongoing friction between drivers and bike riders has cooled off considerably. He said it’s been two years since someone targeted bike riders in North Portland with small nails in bike lanes on North Williams Avenue.

“Most people aren’t just bicyclists or car drivers or people who walk. Most of us are cyclodrivarians — we do it all, so people have that experience of being in different positions at different times.”

Bike rider Jake Bisuut said the roads for bikers these days is “pretty good. I try to be careful when I’m on the road itself.”

Police said they haven’t taken any reports over the tacks on the Hawthorne Bridge, but will look into it if they get any.

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