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Don't stereotype dirt bike riders

Don't stereotype dirt bike riders

I regularly pass by a skatepark in the Hampden neighborhood's Roosevelt Park: basins of concrete lipped with steep curves and scores of skaters defying gravity. As I watch them whirl by, I've often wondered why such a space can't be carved out for dirt bike riders in Baltimore.

I need only look to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to understand why there will never be a dirt bike park in Baltimore — and why it is unlikely that our "two Baltimores" will ever become one.

Announcing the creation of a task force to address illegal dirt bike riding in the city, he recently called dirt bike riders "gun-toting criminals who travel throughout the city recklessly,...