NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They are flipping, popping wheelies and speeding down city streets. Illegal dirt bikes are becoming a growing danger.
On Saturday, a man died in an accident involving one of these bikes. And as CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Monday, concerned neighbors want someone to stop them.
They are tearing up the town, racing down city streets in places like the Bronx; trying tricks in Harlem; And endangering law-abiding citizens elsewhere.
“You have all these bikes coming, so we couldn’t get over, so we ended up clipping the other car,” Harlem resident Darryl Cummings said.
The NYPD told CBS 2’s Schneider that it is aware of the problem, but because the bikes don’t have license plates it is impossible to track them down. The police said that chasing them through the streets would create a public hazard.
“They zig-zag over this way and when they see the cops they try to keep away from them,” resident Gilbert Arroyo explained.
Arroyo said that he recently watched in horror as a woman was almost run over while crossing Southern Boulevard.
A man was killed over the weekend when police followed him down Randall Avenue in the Bronx and rear-ended his bike. They were trying to stop the man from riding the wrong way on the street.
Riding dirt bikes on the street is illegal in New York because they don’t have reflectors, turn signals, or headlights, police said.
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