Dirt bikes could be a money-making attraction for Baltimore [Letter]

May 19, 2014

Regarding your editorial about dirt bikes and how they should be handled, you seem unable to understand that there is a way to stop the dirt bike madness on the streets and also generate money for Baltimore City ("Scofflaws on two wheels (and sometimes one)," May 15).

Granted, dirt bikes are illegal. But they also have conversion kits for lights and signals and can be converted and inspected by state officials, then registered just like a moped or motorcycle.

There should be a minimum age of 17 for a cyclist license and a helmet law for all riders. That would solve the issue on getting bikes to a bike park legally.

Dirt bike riders travel in packs to keep the cops away and to avoid getting hit or arrested. Legalizing the bikes will calm that danger because riders will know they have to follow the rules. No one wants to risk getting arrested on a regular basis. And there's nothing fun about being hit by a vehicle and knocked off your bike.

As for not having enough space for a dedicated bike facility, the city has 42,000 vacant properties and a wide variety of parks to choose from. Why not set aside part of Druid Hill Park for that purpose?

Not everybody was born with a golden lacrosse stick in their hand. Baltimore could generate money and solve the problem of illegal dirt bikes by making them the basis of a new attraction to the city.

Michael Bourne

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