Fayetteville police plan for 13th annual motorcycle rally


            Today, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced plans for the 13th Annual Bikes, Blues and Barbeque Motorcycle Rally.

            The rally is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 26th and continue through Saturday, September 29th.  The Fayetteville Police Department is expecting a large attendance for the 2012 rally.   The Fayetteville Police Department has been meeting with the Bikes, Blues and Barbeque Board, local merchants and citizens over past months to make this event safe and enjoyable for all.  Citizens are reminded to be aware of the large numbers of cyclists and pedestrians visiting Fayetteville during this event.  Accident prevention is a top concern in regard to overall public safety. 

            Currently there are no plans to close Dickson Street or West Avenue to vehicle traffic on Wednesday or Thursday but if motorcycle or pedestrian safety dictates a closure, we will re-evaluate the situation. 

            On Friday street closures to vehicle traffic will begin as public safety dictates.   Dickson Street will be closed from St. Charles to Arkansas Avenue.   West Avenue will initially be closed from Spring Street to Watson Street but as the day progresses, the closure will extend to Lafayette Street.


           On Saturday street closures to vehicle traffic will begin as public safety dictates. .   Dickson Street will be closed from St. Charles Avenue to Arkansas Avenue.   West Avenue will be closed from Spring Street to Lafayette Street.  All of the street closures are subject to change if circumstances dictate. 

            Parking on Dickson Street will be limited at certain times of the day.   Prior to each day of the event, signs will be placed early in the morning hours indicating when vehicles must be removed from Dickson Street.   Citizens are encouraged to pay close attention to these signs and have their vehicles removed by the designated time.

            Electronic signs will be placed on College Avenue informing motorists what lanes are for event traffic in an effort to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible.

            Fayetteville Police will be enforcing all laws concerning alcohol consumption in public by adults and minors, careless and reckless driving,  rapid throttle advancement (engine revving), controlled substance possession and delivery, indecent exposure and all other laws that may aid in making this rally a safe event.  City ordinance prohibits animals inside the event area other than service animals.  A portion of the paid parking within the Entertainment District will be suspended for this event; however, residential permitted and paid parking will be enforced in the surrounding neighborhoods.  In addition, the department will address other parking issues such as handicap parking, blocking driveways, and parking on sidewalks.

            We welcome the rally participants to Fayetteville and wish them a safe and fun time during their stay in Northwest Arkansas.