'Bike Lifers' for The Christian Science Monitor

Bikers in Baltimore, Maryland

Bikers in Baltimore, Maryland

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 22, 2022: Michael Whitaker and another biker ready their all-terrain vehicles for a ride on October 22, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Bryan Dozier/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

Urban dirt biking: Riding the line between culture and crime

by Sophie Hills

"Bike lifers and some familiar with their sport say that riding helps build community and gives young people an outlet that keeps them out of the fray of drug trafficking and gang violence. Detractors say riding off-road vehicles on city streets is loud, violent, and dangerous enough that – occasionally – people die.

'This is a problem that a lot of major cities face,” says Lt. Christopher Warren, who led a Baltimore Police Department dirt bike task force between 2016 and 2020. But, he adds, it’s not a crime cities want to imprison people for...' "

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