Stunt bikers downplay dangers of mass ride

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by Laura Hettiger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 2:24 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- As the “Ride of the Century” ends its reign on St. Louis roads, some bikers still argue a day of riding is not that big of a deal to them, other drivers and law enforcement.
 
“It’s not that dangerous,” biker Curtis Sawdy said. “We just all cruise around like 50 miles an hour.”
 
Except for those who choose to pop wheelies on Interstate 70 and drive their stunt bikes standing up. Skyzoom 4, News 4’s helicopter, followed the annual bike event from the sky Saturday afternoon. It captured over a dozen people at the front of the pack popping up on one wheel, making vehicular traffic come to a standstill on one of the city’s busiest roadways.

Police say two bikers were involved in a minor accident with a vehicle at I-270 and Bellefontaine Road, and another biker struck a median on 270 just west of 170. This second accident was minor as well.
 
While some participate in this for an adrenaline rush, others recognize the dangers.
 
“I don’t feel like having to get in a wreck,” 13-year-old Kylie Boring said. “I’m pretty nervous for the riders, just in case they get hurt and the drivers because they have to watch people go in front of them and not stop.”
 
Area and state police knew Streetfighterz--the group who organizes the event—planned for Saturday to be the annual bike rally.

St. Louis County police vowed on Friday to keep laws enforced. Police spread squad cars across four lanes of Interstate 270 in an effort to slow down the motorcycle riders.
 
Officers said they would do their part, as long as the bikers did something for the police.
 
“Sign the back of their driver’s license and agree to be an organ donor,” police chief Tim Fitch said. “Unfortunately, that’s what we see in these cases when they’re driving at 100 miles an hour on an interstate highway and crash.”

 
Officers said they would do their part, as long as the bikers did something for the police.
 
“Sign the back of their driver’s license and agree to be an organ donor,” police chief Tim Fitch said. “Unfortunately, that’s what we see in these cases when they’re driving at 100 miles an hour on an interstate highway and crash.”

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