CLEVELAND – City Council will introduce legislation that will focus on those who are operating dirt bikes and all-terrain-vehicles on the city's streets, according to Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
Residents and drivers have complained repeatedly to police and city hall that riders on dirt bikes and ATVs continue to disrupt traffic on streets and freeways throughout the city, according to city hall.
According to city hall, the legislation will be introduced to Cleveland City Council before summer recess and will include:
- prohibiting all-terrain-vehicles or illegal (not properly licensed and equipped) dirt bikes on streets, sidewalks and in city parks and strengthening the penalties for violations
- prohibit road/street stunts that compromise the flow of traffic
“The Division of Police has been working with our law enforcement partners to construct a plan that will curb this illegal activity,” said Williams, during the press conference Tuesday.
“It is our goal to move the riders off of our streets and address the issues of blocked and disrupted traffic and the concerns of residents. By educating riders and citizens and with the public's assistance, this is certainly possible.”
Jackson also said that “This legislation is part of a comprehensive plan to keep everyone safe, educate riders and enforce laws.”
Jackson added that he has been working with police and leaders in the bike-life community to "...create alternatives for street riding and ensure the safety of police officers, residents, riders and our community,” according to a press release.
Williams said “It is our goal to move the riders off of our streets and address the issues of blocked and disrupted traffic and the concerns of residents. By educating riders and citizens and with the public's assistance, this is certainly possible,” according to the release.
In addition, the city is promoting an alternative to riding on the streets through the use of the multi-modal racing track at Marion Motley Park. In that same vein, city leaders are working with the Bob Burton Foundation in a combined effort and discuss plans that not only address illegal activity, but inform riders of the rules and regulations, according to the release.