Tack-dropping since Feb 2014 in inner Melbourne, no end in sight

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Shut Up Legs, 11 May 2014.

  1. OP
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    Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Now it's also occurring on Mt Dandenong, a very popular cycling spot in Melbourne's eastern suburbs:
    http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=89234

    As reported at the start of the above thread, the initial tack-dropping occurred in mid-March, and then yesterday (a Monday public holiday in Australia, for ANZAC Day), a lot of cyclists ended up with punctures, due to more tacks being dropped. The stupidity of dropping tacks on sloping, bending mountain roads like these is incredible, because the potential for serious injury or death from a front tyre blowout definitely exists.

    I really need to win a lottery, and move out of this cyclist-hating country. :sad:
     
  2. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Ludicrous that this is still going on.
     
  3. OP
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    Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

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    Shut Up Legs

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  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    He's taking a chance, no shoes.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Standish said he hoped the breakthrough was enough to track down the culprit and stop the tacks from being dropped.

    "It's been an outrageous event that's been happening over a two-year period now," he said. "It's a pathetic, ridiculous act. If they've got a gripe with cyclists this isn't the way to go about it."
     
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  6. Custom24

    Custom24 Über Member

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    Oxfordshire
    So having a "gripe" with cyclists, as a group, is not a problem in itself? That quote from a police officer stinks, but from what I've read of Oz attitudes to cyclists, it doesn't surprise me.
     
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  7. OP
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    Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Yes, now that you mention it, I think it would have been very fitting if he'd stepped on one of his own tacks (assuming of course that he is the tack-thrower, and not just some random anti-cyclist person out to vandalise the bicycle repair station).
     
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  8. fimm

    fimm Veteran

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  9. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Location:
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    Read some of the comments on the Guardian article. I despair.
     
  10. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    These dickheads wouldn't stop me.I'd go back onto solid tyres to beat this.I know a guy at work who has solid tyres.

    These people have got an effing cheek.
     
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  11. If someone had caused criminal damage to 500-800 cars, leading to some serious injuries, do you think the police would be sitting on poor quality CCTV images for 6 months?
     
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  12. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    Just a vigilante I reckon they could catch this guy if they put some effort into it.
     
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    Shut Up Legs

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  14. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Still think it's multiple people, hopefully they catch them/him this time.
     
  15. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Apparently they've had the images for months but were waiting for their IT guys to clean them up. FFS just release them, a thousand cycling nerds on the internet will clean them up for you
     
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