Fayetteville Police Plan For 9th Annual Motorcycle Rally

09/23/2008

       Today, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced plans for the 9th Annual Bikes, Blues and Barbeque Motorcycle Rally.

     The rally is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 24th  and continue through Saturday, September 27th.  The Fayetteville Police Department is expecting a large attendance for the 2008 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, September 27th, at 4:00 PM.  The parade convoy will stage on Beechwood Avenue between West Sixth Street and West Fifteenth Street.  The convoy will proceed east on Fifteenth Street to Razorback Road, turn north on Razorback Road, then east on Maple Street, south on Garland Avenue, east on Dickson Street, south on North College Avenue, west on Fifteenth Street and back to the Randall Tyson Track Center.  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.

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