June 21, 2022 marked the primary official day of summer time on many North American calendars. In New York City, although, it additionally marked the day that Mayor Adams and Police Commissioner Sewell oversaw the town’s annual ATV and motorbike crushing occasion. This yr, they stated, round 900 bikes and ATVs had been scheduled to satisfy their final demise by the hands of a bulldozer operator.
While the town itself didn’t characterize this as an annual occasion, a fast look backward by means of information tales and movies going again to at the very least 2016 reveals it to be such. Unlike most holidays, it doesn’t happen on the identical day yearly—however underneath the watchful eyes of a couple of NYC mayor, it’s develop into as common an incidence as ceremonial ribbon-cuttings and vacation decoration-lighting occasions.
The occasion itself was fairly easy. In the video, you see Mayor Adams waving a checkered flag—which is outwardly a holdover from former mayor de Blasio’s model of showmanship at such occasions, based on Vice Motherboard. Then, the bulldozer begins crushing the assembled group of mostly-bikes and a few ATVs, having to again up as soon as to realign after a motorbike will get a little bit bit caught. Soon, although, it’s by means of your entire row, they usually’re all knocked to the bottom and considerably broken.
The accompanying press convention was much less easy. In it, Mayor Adams talked so much about common site visitors security, in addition to public transit security and police patrols on NYC subway platforms. He began out speaking about how the bikes and quads the town was about to crush would now not terrorize the streets of NYC, and the way the NYPD has already seized 2,000 unlawful bikes and ATVs this yr. He says that’s an 80 % enhance over the identical time final yr.
During the question-and-answer portion of the press convention, somebody requested the mayor a extremely good query: Why isn’t there an area for the youngsters (because the questioner characterised them) to have the ability to trip these bikes, “like a track or an exclusive park and something that might not lead to antagonizing between them and police officers wanting to take their bike?”
The mayor then deflected, saying that whereas they’re taking a look at areas within the metropolis to do one thing like that, the principle focus is intervention proper now—in different phrases, confiscating unregistered and/or unlawful bikes, then destroying them. He then went on so as to add that he, personally, beloved driving filth bikes as a baby, and that he thinks it’s essential to have these areas. As we all know, although—saying you assume one thing’s an excellent thought after which doing it are two various things. You can say no matter you need, however in the end, it’s what you do ultimately that issues.
Remember when skateboarding was painted as some sort of menace, as a result of children had been doing it wherever and at any time when it suited them? Remember the way it finally turned a factor the place cities and cities began making public skate parks part of their communities, and the way now it’s only a enjoyable out of doors pastime that some individuals love to do?
The identical factor may occur with so-called “nuisance” ATVs and filth bikes, if there was the political will and the follow-through to do it. I imply, who needs their ATV or bike crushed? No one. An answer like this could possibly be a win for everybody.