Bicycle attorney Ray Thomas is helping a local bicycle commuter track down the person responsible for scattering carpet tacks in bicycle lanes on North Vancouver and Williams avenues, creating unsafe conditions for local bicyclists who ride through the area.
Intel engineer Mark Allyn has offered a $500 reward to anyone who can offer information leading to the arrest and conviction of the “Vancouver Avenue Tacker,” whose clandestine tack-laying has caused at least two dozen flat tires this month.
At the nearby Metropolis Bike Shop, owner Nathan Roll has reported repairing at least two double flats that were caused by the tacks.
“This is a very generous move,” bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas, a vocal advocate for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in Portland, told The Oregonian. “Because you know it’s going to be someone who ventures out to commute on their bike who crashes and falls on these tacks.”
Those with information relating to the tacker can contact Ray at 503-228-5222.