RE: FAYETTEVILLE POLICE PLAN FOR 19th ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Today, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced plans for the 19th 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 2018 rally. The members of the Fayetteville Police Department have been meeting with the Bikes, Blues and Barbeque organizers, local merchants and citizens over the past several 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.
The Fayetteville Police Department will close Dickson Street from St. Charles Avenue to Gregg Avenue, and West Avenue will be closed from Spring Street to Watson Street. These closures will allow motorcycles only in the event area. Closure times for Wednesday and Thursday will be at 4:00 pm. Friday’s closure will be at 10:00 am and Saturday’s closure will be at 9:00 am. If motorcycle or pedestrian safety dictates, a closure could occur earlier than scheduled.
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 times designated on these signs.
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. Animals will be prohibited 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 parking spaces 01-299 will be enforced in the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, the department will address other parking issues such as handicap parking, blocking driveways and mailboxes, 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.