Motorcycle rally coming to region |

Motorcycle rally coming to region

Security for this week’s Street Vibrations motorcycle rally through Reno and Lake Tahoe has been beefed up in wake of a motorcycle rally earlier this year that left three people dead when motorcycle gang rivals clashed in a Southern Nevada casino.

“We’re on high alert, same as last year,” Street Vibrations Organizer Randy Burke said Monday. “Last year it was Sept. 11 and this year, we’re doing all we can to assure safety. We have Reno Police, private security and internal security.”

Three people died in an April knife and gun battle between rival motorcycle gangs, Hell’s Angels and Mongol, at Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Hotel.

An estimated 4,000 motorcyclists are expected at the ninth annual Harley-Davidson sponsored event. Poker runs through Lake Tahoe are schedule for Saturday, but this year’s organizers say they will bypass South Lake Tahoe, instead riding along the north and west shores.

“Each year we like to mix up the runs, taking them to different places around the lake,” Burke said. “This year, we thought we would take them up on runs from Reno around Incline and Tahoe City.”

Still, hundreds of bikers are expected to travel from the Bay Area along Highway 50 through South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, prompting law officers to advise motorists to be aware of motorcycles on the highway.

“This is obviously a main artery (for bikers) coming from the Bay Area. We’ve never had any problems before and we don’t anticipate any problems this weekend,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Orr.

El Dorado County law officers also don’t anticipate problems on or off the road.

“We’re used to busy weekends and this is no different,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Capt. Fred Kollar. “Staffing will remain normal. It’s not like the Hell’s Angels convention coming through here. But it’s always good to advise every rider coming in to drive safe through the mountain roads and for motorists to drive with added caution around the motorcycles.”

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