I am having fun imagining a bunch of @whynots's riding dirt bikes into the office. What swagger!
As dirt bike season comes to a close, I think I saw fewer this year than in prior years.I wonder
This weekend, my sightings were mostly quads. I imagine they are a lot of fun to ride around all of the vacant lots that now compose much of the Badlands.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_BadlandsThey certainly appeared to be having a great time on Baltimore Avenue.
Dirt Bikes will be prominently featured in the next version of Rocky.
...they have become a routine part of summer for many east coast US cities.
In the first quarter of the year, the NYPD has seized 312 of the illegal rides – more than double the amount confiscated in the same period last year.
Just in the last two weeks, the NYPD took 65 of the vehicles of street and arrested 12 operators for driving recklessly.
The uptick is seizures come amid a citywide crackdown – where police are looking to catch the criminals while they’re gassing up at stations, rallying around parks or on deserted streets.
“I’d like to remove as many of these from the streets early on this year before the warm weather gets here,” said according to Chief of Patrol Carlos Gomez.
The NYPD will look at social media to spot when rallies occur and respond to 311 and 911 calls about reckless dirt bike and ATV driving in the streets, according to Gomez.
“We apprehend when it’s safe to do so,” Gomez said, adding that he has a “no-chase policy” because of safety concerns.
“We do not want to chase these individuals through the streets,” the chief said. “I believe that causes a greater danger to motorists, pedestrians and [riders].”
I am pleased that the NYPD realizes that MOB members are recruited via online media.
A while ago, a reliable source informed me the going rate is $100 for the day. Will these rates go up if the NYPD's efforts are successful?
This weekend, my sightings were mostly quads. I imagine they are a lot of fun to ride around all of the vacant lots that now compose much of the Badlands.
They certainly appeared to be having a great time on Baltimore Avenue.
Readers may want to note the absence of electric bike delivery guys in Kensington. I also suspect that the rate to be part of an ATV - dirt bike pack is much lower.
However, I do not advise anyone move there.
Readers may want to note the absence of electric bike delivery guys in Kensington. I also suspect that the rate to be part of an ATV - dirt bike pack is much lower.However, I do not advise anyone move there.
I might live in such a building if it had good security. ...I do not want to be have to be the one who shoos drug addicts and homeless people from the interior stairwells.
Brooklyn's dirt bike and heroin problem is small in comparison.
I have no problem believing that the comparatively older heroin addicts indirectly fund the dirt bike habits of their comparatively younger dealers.
This event apparently happened Easter weekend:
I'm betting the event will be held at the Red Hook tow pound. There are hundreds of dirt bikes and ATVs there.
...bringing in a good sound system should be pretty easy.
The 71st PCT confiscated 4 dirt bikes on Empire yesterday
I like the blue one they got over the weekend.
If the NYPD is successful, it may be only a matter of time before there are dozens of people on Citibikes doing wheelies on my block.
Yes, I suspect there are literally hundreds of dirt bikes and ATVs in Brooklyn.
The NYPDs crackdown may increase the risks of the owner losing the bike(s), but if he doesn't rent them out that investment is also lost (not performing).
I don't foresee many of our local MOB operators deciding to sell their fleet to people interested in riding them on private land upstate.
The NYPD does its show for the cameras this week...quote:
The city's top cop is going medieval on the summertime scourge of “screwballs” driving reckless, high-speed motor bikes on the streets.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday some 500 two-wheeled motorcycles, dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs seized by the police this year will be publicly destroyed sometime in the next week.
He went on to tee off on the folks who speed down crowded city streets in irritating flocks of the often-unmuffled machines.
The summertime ritual often snarls or stops traffic and sometimes results in accidents. At least two ATV riders have been killed in the past two years.
"These screwballs all basically run around in packs making idiots of themselves, and endangering themselves and the public," Bratton fumed to supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis on AM970’s “The Cats Roundtable.”
"In the next week or so, we will have a very public display of destroying all of those bikes so they can never be used again. These people are morons. They're idiots."
Bratton noted he knows that citizens complain that the police don't take action against the bikes. Dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal in the city.
"We have in fact been doing something," he insisted. "We're going to make an example of them and destroy them and we'll really have a good time doing that.”
Residents of one Manhattan neighbor where mobs of riders often buzz busy avenues say the sooner police get them off the streets, the better.
"Sometimes I can hear them when I'm home. Usually it's in the morning on weekends - when you're sleeping," said Finn Taff, 27, who lives near W. 116th St. and Morningside Park in Harlem.
"I'm all for...do it, have fun and destroy stuff, whatever, If it's making a point, it's good."
A neighbor, Umberto Picado, 68, said, "Good. All of them ... destroy them."
But others say the riders aren’t doing any harm.
"I actually like the ATVs driving around. It just adds a little fun," said Eric Gadson, 20, a student.
The crackdown officially began in early April, though by then the NYPD had already seized 312 bikes this year.
Drivers “haven’t gotten the message yet,” Bratton said at the time, foreshadowing his intention to destroy the machines. “They’re not going to be happy when we take these damn things and crush them so they can’t be used.”
In July 2014 cops arrested ATV rider George Evangelista, 44, for intentionally hitting a police officer with his bike. The officer suffered neck and back injuries.
In March 2015 Kenneth Proveaux, 49, was killed when he crashed his ATV in a Brooklyn park and vaulted head first into a concrete barrier. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In March 2014 Paul Rodriguez, 35, was killed and a second man was injured, when Rodriguez’s ATV collided with another ATV driver.
The dirt bikes and ATV are already taken from the riders and not returned, so I don't perceive this upcoming crushing performance as being "for them".
So, I perceive this this show as being for us.
...the NYPD is trying to state that they are addressing the problem, and that they are in charge.
It may allow them to take a more aggressive stance as the summer goes on.
For several years, the NYPD has not sold the confiscated bikes at auction. They have instead just piled them in Red Hook because they figured out they would just be ridden on the streets again.
Also, as discussed above, most of the riders do not own the bike: They rent them for the day.
So, I don't think we should think about individual knights on horses.
...instead, we should think about guys who want to be kings, and whose status comes from being able to hook up lesser guys with a great time, all while having Kyra's boobs pressed against their back.
Mr Bratton wasn't specific.
...but I'm predicting it will be held at Red Hook, at 6:15 PM so it can be televised live during the evening news.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAHT8rs2AZ0If the NYPD is successful, it may be only a matter of time before there are dozens of people on Citibikes doing wheelies on my block.
Bratton waving of the flag and then inspecting the crushed bikes was as good as NYPD theater gets.
...I suspect the Department of Sanitation actually drove the bulldozers and had a hard time keeping a straight face.
A few of the media accounts stated they only crushed 70 vehicles.
...above, they promised us 500.
"Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday some 500 two-wheeled motorcycles, dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs seized by the police this year will be publicly destroyed sometime in the next week."
The Post is stating 679 vehicles have been confiscated so far this year, and 69 dirt bikes and 8 ATVs were crushed yesterday.
So, that would leave 602 (679 - 69 - 8) for police officers or future crushing sessions.
In the past, I believe they had no other way to dispose of them other than auction them, and then only recently got the authority to crush them.
...several municipalities face similar rules.
Atlanta faces a similar rule regarding guns it confiscates. http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/11/07/atlanta-sits-on-6000-confiscated-guns-and-wont-sell-them/
It seems the NYPD is becoming a little more clever in providing content for "journalists".
In additional to staging a dirt bike crushing, they now film themselves making drug busts and write up stories on NYPD news, which (lazy? underpaid? Time conscious?) "journalists" can utilize and the public can spread throughout the web: