City makes sure auctioned dirt bikes don't make a return

August 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore's Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it has auctioned 200 outlawed dirt bikes, but that they won't be returning to streets anywhere near the city.

Bidders had to meet one requirement: Promise to export the two-wheeled urban nuisances out of the country.

"All bikes had to be exported out of the country for permanent use outside of the United States," according to a department statement released yesterday. "This unique bidding criteria helps to ensure that the dirt bikes will not make their way back onto the streets of Baltimore."

The City Council outlawed the vehicles, often used for drug running, on city streets in 2000. In February 2002, the council approved a plan to ship the bikes to Africa for humanitarian uses.

But that plan became bogged down in bureaucratic red tape, and the bikes had been sitting in the city impound lot until the auction on Thursday.

It raised $20,000, the department said.

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