City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
Rudiak to Address Reckless Dirt Biking in City
Residents, Officials to Attend Public Hearing and Post Agenda Meeting in City Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- Responding to concerns about dirt bikes recklessly racing through City neighborhoods and illegally cutting across both public and private property, Councilwoman Rudiak has called for a public hearing and a post agenda meeting in City Council, to take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, to bring together residents and City and State officials to discuss the current road-legal status of these vehicles and police enforcement of noise and speeding laws.

In warmer months, some City neighborhoods and public parks and greenways experience an influx of people, both City residents and residents of outer municipalities traveling into the City, who ride dirt bikes, ATVs, quads, and other off-road vehicles. Carrick resident and Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch member Donna Williams, who initiated a local petition to schedule the public hearing, said that she and her neighbors are worried about the safety of not only local residents but also the riders of these vehicles themselves.

In one video Williams had shared on Facebook, several dirt bikers race loudly past her front porch and cut across sidewalks, followed by a sharp, uphill blind turn at a four-way intersection. According to residents and Pittsburgh Police Community Officer Christine Luffey, dirt bikers have also regularly been seen tearing through the privately-owned Birmingham Cemetery on Brownsville Road in Carrick and, in one instance, interrupting a funeral service.

The public hearing will take place in City Council Chambers on Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. and will offer the opportunity for concerned residents of the City to express their opinions in front of Council. Those wishing to speak at the 1:00 p.m. public hearing are encouraged to register beforehand by calling the Council Clerks’ Office at 412.255.2138.

The post agenda meeting, chaired by Councilwoman Rudiak will immediately follow the hearing and is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Chambers. Invitees to the post agenda meeting include:

  • City Councilors and their staff
  • Carrick resident and Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch member Donna Williams
  • representatives from the Pittsburgh Police
  • State Rep. Erin Molchany and staff, who represent South Pittsburgh, and who, at the request of residents, have researched state statutes on this issue
  • representatives from Bike Pittsburgh
  • representatives from the Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Councilwoman Rudiak will be available for comment at the conclusion of the post agenda.

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Published:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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