Hundreds on dirt bikes, ATVs disrupt South Florida traffic

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

3 arrests, 1 crash as ATVs take over Miami roads.

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol officials are reporting three arrests and one minor crash after hundreds of people riding dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles disrupted rush-hour traffic across South Florida. South Florida has had its share of rush-hour drama — a baby needing CPR, a man threatening to jump off an overpass and a man shooting several people on Florida’s Turnpike.MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For those who weren’t around, it may seem far-fetched but it’s true—one January morning, 38 years ago to be exact, snow fell from South Florida’s sky.The winter buying season when visitors from cold climates in the Northern Hemisphere descend upon sunny South Florida to thaw out and shop for second homes may not carry the purchasing clout that some may have thought.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1CKN2rP ) reports the riders sped across Miami-Dade and Broward counties Monday afternoon along Interstate 95, U.S. 441, Northwest 7th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. While law enforcement officers are aware of the situation a Highway patrol spokesperson said they have tried to do traffic stops but some of the bikers pull off.

An analysis of data from the Southeast Florida MLXchange suggests the most active time statistically to resell an existing South Florida condo or townhouse located east of Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties is actually in the spring and summer time of the year. Troopers can’t case after them because it’s against department policy to give chase for a traffic violation and they fear pursuing would endanger more lives. While South Florida residents, young and old, couldn’t believe their eyes and still remember where they were the day it snowed in South Florida; the cold front that brought the cold temperatures caused severe damage to Florida’s crops. The preliminary data show that 2014 was no different with nearly 54 percent of all condo and townhouse resales transacting in the second and third quarters of last year. Joseph Gebara was heading north on US 441 at about 5:15 p.m when “like everyone else I heard a rumbling and there went at least 60-70 bikes in an out of traffic, popping wheelies.” Police agencies were left baffled — unsure why the bikers were out there.

The powerful front combined with strong arctic high set up to our west over the Mississippi Valley helped transport very cold air and led to the rare snow event in South Florida. We have no idea who they are, we have no idea where all of these people came from, we don’t know where it initiated from.” Sanchez said reports began coming about the ragtag group just after the Martin Luther King Jr. parade Monday morning that ran along Northwest 54th Street in Miami. Another hashtag, #JusticeForRell, references the unsolved murder of a popular dirt biker Kyrell “Dirt Bike Rell” Tyler of Philadelphia. “We chose that one because a lot of people look at us and think we’re violent people because we’re riding kind of rough on the street,” he said. “But this is nonviolent between all of us.

That’s our new movement, just as MLK marched in the 1960s.” Baltimore filmmaker Kerry Jones, who goes by “Shadyflic” online, said she’s been documenting bike culture for years. Jones said leaders from cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York had been planning this ride for months through social media networks, communicating via Instagram with members of Miami Bikelife, a loosely organized local collective. In the late afternoon, television helicopters captured images of several riders passing through Miami streets toward downtown — some riding on sidewalks, into oncoming traffic and around cars.

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