CB 12 seeks answer to dirt bike dispute

Community members think Railroad Park may be a fitting place for dirt bike riders. Photo by Rich Bockmann
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Community Board 12’s third-largest park may just end up being a solution to southeast Queens’ two-wheeled problem.

Areas like Brookville Park and thoroughfares such as Linden Boulevard are free-wheeling hot spots for people riding dirt bikes, community members said.

In his role as the new chairman of CB 12’s Parks Committee, Greg Mays hit the ground running earlier this year by taking a survey of area parks.

One park nestled behind the Locust Manor Long Island Rail Road station by Rochdale Village, he found, presented possibilities.

“Railroad Park, for those of you who don’t know, is the third-largest park in Community Board 12. You don’t know it because Railroad Park is a forest,” he said Oct. 17 as he gave his committee report.

Mays said he was working to find out what could be done with the untamed park, and when one community member suggested it might be a good place for dirt bikers to ride safely, Mays said he thought it was an interesting idea worth exploring.

“Certainly, we need to get those folks off Linden Boulevard, popping wheelies,” he said.

Off-road vehicles are not simply a nuisance, they can often be deadly.

In July, a 33-year-old man was killed when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on the sidewalk across from Roy Wilkins Park struck a metal pole.

Dirt bikes were also a topic of discussion at September’s 105th Precinct council meeting.

“This year already, I’ve had two people die running from us while we’re trying to stop them on these things. Young kids. I mean it’s silly, its stupid,” said Deputy Inspector Joseph Courtesis.

The commanding officer said police have a chase protocol and would only go after riders for violations such as not wearing a helmet if it were safe to do so.

“If there’s a way I can get them safely while they’re off the bikes this and that ... but theyre going run from us,” he said. “The second we light those lights up, it’s a game for them and honestly I think they do it just for the sport of running.”

Mays said Railroad Park is now owned by three different entities and the first step would be assembling and acquiring the land, an effort he said had the support of the Queens parks commissioner.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Posted 12:00 am, October 26, 2012
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Reader feedback

Ripply from bronx says:
Keep your park because we're going to continue to ride on the city streets & sidewalks and there ain't nothing you can do to stop us. Save the parks for the homeless crack heads.
March 1, 2013, 4:56 pm
jaksmootchy from yours says:
Use the crackheads as berms and rhythm section, but seriously living in an area that offers trails for dirtbikes, the option to have a riding area that 100,000's of people would benefit from. Do it!! Do it!!! I can see JS7, the dunge, Villopoto, RC and the gang showing up and lecturing and providing the good PR the sport needs. Hope to see this go through!!
March 1, 2013, 9:53 pm
Frank from Brooklyn says:
Wow! What a terrific idea! This is the kind of thing that not only creates excitement for dirt bike riders, but it will also help stop dirt bikers illegally riding their bikes on the sidewalks, etc. So ultimately EVERYONE benefits! I really see great potential in this, and I hope it goes through! And I pray the 'powers that be' see the value in this great idea and make it happen!!
March 1, 2013, 11:08 pm
Paul from Bronx says:
ill come down there to check it out but most of these kids that ride the street without helemts are pousers who wouldnt know what to do in the dirt. they want to ride in the street and be seen, they have no real intrest in the sport. just cuz someone could pull a wheelie doesnt mean they could ride a track or trail.
March 2, 2013, 9:33 am
Nick@nite from nyc says:
Please don't insult our intellegences. We can't even get bloomberg and his goons to give us reduced parking rates at the multi meters or wash down our big macs & burritos with big gulps, does anyone really expect the city to allow a park for motorcycle mayham?
March 2, 2013, 12:02 pm

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