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More tacks found along popular biking trail in Seattle

More carpet tacks have been found along a popular bicycling trail in Seattle, this time along the Burke-Gilman Trail between Ballard and Fremont. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - More carpet tacks have been found along a popular bicycling trail in Seattle, this time along the Burke-Gilman Trail between Ballard and Fremont.

"It's vandalism on a good day, and if somebody gets hurt it's assault," said Eric Berg from the JRA Bike Shop.

The latest tack sighting was reported yesterday along Burke-Gilman, just west of Fremont.

"They've (Berg's Customers) been riding either Westlake or the Burke, sometimes both so it's hard to tell exactly where the tacks are, but it seems they seem to be targeting bike lanes."

A cyclist posted his find to Ballard Greenway's Facebook page saying, "watch out," yet again.

That's just evil, you know," said Jennifer Micuiba from the Friends of Burke-Gilman. "They just don't disagree, they're out to do harm with people they disagree with."

Back in September, dozens reported flat days after Westlake's bike track opened up. A tack problem so bad, the city brought in magnet rollers.

On Tuesday, Seattle's Department of Transportation crews walked portions of the Burke-Gilman trail. But some cyclists took their chances.

"Always being an extra tube, always bring a patch kit and pump," said one cyclist.

"We've been dissecting tires to see which ones have better puncture resistance, but they'll eventually all go through," said Berg.

If an when a tack ends up in a tire, cyclists are encouraged to report the spot and save the evidence.

"Short of someone admitting it, I don't see how anybody is going to get caught, which is unfortunate," said Berg.

It’s also important to note since Burke Gilman is a mixed use trail, runners should be keeping a close eye out too.


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