Today, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced plans for the 11th Annual Bikes, Blues and Barbeque Motorcycle Rally.

            The rally is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 29th  and  continue through Saturday, October 2nd.  The Fayetteville Police Department is expecting a large attendance for the 2010 rally.  We are pleased to report past rallies have come to pass with very few problems.  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.

An additional assignment of officers from Fayetteville and surrounding agencies will be dedicated to work this event to provide services to rally participants and citizens during the four-day rally. 

            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.  With the exception of Saturday’s Parade of Power, city streets will not be blocked off for this event until it becomes a public safety issue.  The Parade of Power is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd, at 4:00 PM.  The parade convoy will stage at lot 56 on Razorback road.  The convoy will proceed north on Razorback Road to Maple Street, turn east on Maple Street, south on Garland Avenue, east on Dickson Street, and Finishing at College avenue.  Motorists are urged to choose alternate routes of travel, away from this parade route during this time frame to reduce wait time.

            Fayetteville Police will be enforcing all laws concerning alcohol consumption in public by adults and minors, careless and reckless driving, controlled substance possession and delivery, indecent exposure and all other laws that may aid in making this rally a safe event.  This includes a new ordinance prohibiting "rapid throttle advancement" (engine revving). There will also be no animals permitted 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.