Stop the tacks on Kew Boulevard!
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For over a year now, tacks have been regularly deployed on the cycle lane on Kew Boulevard in Melbourne, Victoria.
Cyclists are regularly getting punctured tyres, which means they have to regularly replace tubes, which is costly and inconvenient.
However, the worst part of it is that punctures can actually cause cyclists to lose control over the bike and crash, which can result in serious injuries, especially if there is car traffic.
(Please see http://noboullietacks.com for more details - a website founded by a fellow cyclist to stop these attacks.)
This is not a harmless joke - these tacks are obviously deployed with knowing exactly how much danger they present, i.e. with the intent to randomly hurt someone and scare cyclists off.
Kew Boulevard has been a main attractor for cyclists. Clearly, someone wants the cyclists to stop riding there. This deliberate act of violence has to stop!
Boroondara Council, the Police as well as VicRoads are aware of the situation, but their efforts have so far not yielded any promising lead.
We, the signers of the petition, ask the relevant authorities to put more efforts into the search for the perpetrator(s) to avoid future injuries and allow cyclists to get back to riding the Kew Boulevard safely.
We also ask for appropriate and just punishment once the perpetrator(s) is/are caught, as this is no harmless childhood prank.
--- A word to the fellow cyclists ---
In order to keep the annoyance of residents to a minimum, cyclists using the Kew Boulevard should take the appropriate measures to not disturb the residents, e.g. overly loud chat(ter)ing in the wee morning hours should be avoided. There are surely more things that can help.
Just be mindful.
PS: That also applies to observing the speed limit!
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