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BMX Alley – In Search of the Human Spirit
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BMX Alley

BMX Alley

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In San Lorenzo, California, there was an abandoned alley. It was filled with garbage and hadn’t been cleaned up in a long time. Then the BMXers moved in.

The alley was bought by Psykopath Industries, a 30 member BMX bike club. Soon they brought in dumpsters. The garbage was hauled out. After everything was cleaned up, they made a track complete with jumps.

A fence was constructed and only those who belong to the club there are admitted. They have their own rules of conduct and safety so no one gets hurt. The club is respectful of the neighborhood and has instituted a curfew. Riders are on the track only a couple of hours a day. There have been no problems with drugs or violence. The bikers just want to ride.

The neighborhood isn’t quite sure what to make of the new residents. And, the County Supervisors aren’t sure how to handle the club. No one has attempted to build a track in the middle of a neighborhood before. There have been a couple of complaints of noise, but most of the residents have no complaints.

The bikers have cleaned up the alley and made something useful of the spot. While there maybe some issues to iron out, isn’t it better to have a the BMX club use and manage the site, then have it revert back into the dumping ground it once was?

[Photograph courtesty of: Marco Microbi Reckmann, www.sxc.hu]

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