Nails on trails: Someone targeting cyclists with sharp objects

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Nails on trails: Someone targeting cyclists with sharp objects

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Jan 10, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A disturbing find along a popular Tucson trail is raising new concerns with avid mountain bikers.

"It's a hazard to everyone riding out there," said cyclist Chris Carnes. "Coming around every bend you don't know what you're going to come across."

Now mountain bikers are finding nails. A biker snapped photos of piles of nails just days ago right in the middle of the trail.

"I've never seen nails on trails," said cycling advocate Damion Alexander.

But it's not the first time. Just months ago, someone dropped tacks along Catalina Highway and when you're racing 40 miles an hour down a mountain that can be a problem.

"It hurts, and it takes a lot of time to recover," said cyclist Chan Andrews.

"You go around a corner and hit a tack or nail and you can blow out and break a shoulder," said Carnes. "It's terrorism in my opinion."

Alexander says it's frustrating to see people out there willing to take the time to hurt other people just trying to bike.

"There's a bunch of morons out there," said Alexander.

He says trails like the Finger Rock Wash Trail are becoming more popular. As these urban trails boom in popularity, so does the potential for conflict.

"Anytime that you have anything new and more use, there's always going to be people that don't like the new," said Alexander. "But the benefits of cycling in Tucson are huge. So Tucson, whoever is out there doing this, please stop it, and realize this benefits you too."

9OYS reached out to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. A spokesman said they had not been made aware of the nails issue as of yet. But in light of the tacks left behind at Gates Pass and Catalina Highway months ago, they take it seriously. They remind the public that they cannot investigate if incidents aren't reported.

If you come across nails or tacks on trails or roadways frequented by cyclists, be sure to report it by calling 911.