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Mon, June 24

Letter: Please support our local BMX riders

A few weeks ago, I read that the city has enacted a ban on BMX bicycles in our only local skate park. I was outraged. As a wife, friend and mother of BMX riders, I couldn't understand why the city would discriminate against them.

The city says that they are afraid the bikes will ruin the skatepark and then they would be out the money they used to build it. Well for one, the skatepark has been around for years with no major damage to it, yet only recently have bikes been banned. For two, countless public and private skateparks around the country realize that due to safety features such as brakes and easy maneuverability, BMX bikes are safe and compatible to use in any, and all, skatepark designs. With citywide "No Coasting Vehicle" ordinances, where are our local BMX riders to practice their sport now?

I was really appalled to read that if caught using the "public" skatepark, BMX riders could face fines, even confiscation, on their first offense. Did you know that one good "used" BMX wheel could go for over $200? Some people I know have custom built their bikes with their own time and money, investing over hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars into their BMX bike. Yet the police can take it away in an instant.

We have formed a petition that will be placed around town to fight the discrimination of BMX riders. I am not just fighting for my husband and friends, but for my children, and for your children, and for anyone else who enjoys riding. They can't take away the only enjoyment and entertainment we have in this town.

Please stop by Canada Mart, Outer Limitz or any bike shop to sign our petition. You can make a difference, and I won't stop fighting until our voices are heard. Thank you.

Michelle Wagaman

Kingman

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