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Two reported tripwires found in Portland by bicyclists

BikePortland posted this picture of a tripwire found across a mountain bike trail at Gateway Green Park.

The cycling community is concerned after a pair of tripwires were found suddenly by bicyclists in two separate locations in Northeast Portland.

On Monday around 8 a.m., Portland police responded to a report of a material strung across Northeast Irving Street east of 16th Avenue. When officers arrived the material was no longer spanning the roadway.

Then on Thursday, a cyclist found another tripwire, this time across a mountain bike trail at Gateway Green Park.

The cyclist took a picture and sent it to local mountain biking groups.

BikePortland posted the picture online Thursday afternoon.

Word of the reported tripwires spread quickly among the cycling community.

"It makes me pretty nervous," Marianna Shkolnik said. "[It] definitely makes me more nervous now, and I'll go a little slower so I can catch it."

Shkolnik is new to the sport. She says worrying about what's around every twist and turn will take a bite out of the fun.

Richard Harrold told KATU he did not know why someone would place a tripwire over a trail.

"There's too many other dangers, especially when you're in town on the road," Harrold said. "Having snares on the road and in the parks just makes it extreme, more dangerous."

Portland Parks & Recreation spokesman Mark Ross says staff is taking the report very seriously.

"This is not a laughing matter," he said.

Ross said staff searched trails at Gateway Green Park Thursday afternoon, but did not find any additional wires or ropes. He believes they were already removed.

Ross encouraged cyclists to report such activity to Park Scan PDX, an online observation reporting tool.

"[I'm] not sure why a person would do that," Harrold said. "Other than they have a vengeance for bicyclists."

Portland police did not indicate if the tripwire incidents were related. No suspect information is known.

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