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Sunday 2 June 2019 10.50am
JimG wrote:
'Unfortunately this is a very entrenched issue' = we did not do anything to start with and now..... What an utter admission of failure. I am very pro-police but this is a shame-faced lack of taking responsibility. These are children. You are adult authorities. Grow some!

'Entrenched' perhaps because when it started it was regarded, at least in some quarters, as a 'good thing'.


Quote '...these kids feel a sense of belonging.'
'Riders come from all areas and backgrounds but, for many, the identity and sense of belonging found in Bikelife is what’s steered them away from more dangerous paths.'

And once it got the 'anti-knife crime' label attached it could become politically correct - at least at the (rare) organised BikeStormz events.

(On the basis perhaps 'I don't need a knife, I've got a bike and know how to handle it')

One of claims seems to be that it keeps kids out of the gangs - but it's only done that by being a gang itself (quote: 'the feeling of cruising as a pack'). And it's a gang that seems to have chosen Bankside and Tooley Street as its turf.
Monday 27 January 2020 9.32am
I didn't see what happened to cause it but I did see a few of these lads pulled over by the police on Stamford St outside the Nautical school at about 5pm on Saturday. Two Met police vehicles and one unmarked police car were involved.
Tuesday 4 February 2020 8.43pm
They are pains in the rear!
Zero tolerance please!

Cotswolds 12
Sunday 9 February 2020 5.14pm
It will only stop when one of the cyclists comes a cropper with a vehicle which won't pleasant for anyone involved.

Perhaps this is the best we can hope for as no other action seems forthcoming.

I would gladly make a generous donation to any legal costs incurred by the driver if a vehicle collision occurred.

If the police wanted to stop this they would only need to seize the bikes of the ringleaders a few of times. They would get the message quickly and the ASB would stop.

The police must have decided to allow this to happen. Perhaps they believe it is reducing other crime by keeping the delinquents busy. As usual it is the residents and visitors to the area who are paying the price for this decision, not the police or perpetrators.
Monday 10 February 2020 9.32am
kevinruairi wrote:
They are called Bikestormz and are mostly good natured and well behaved, if a little bit chaotic at times, and yes safety not top of participants concerns. They've been featured in a recent issue of the London cycling campaign magazine and I think there is a short film about them on YouTube

They seem to be taking the rap for all the ills of young people on bikes. I agree, I've seen them numerous times and trouble they are not, not what I've seen anyway.
Children are not famous for having H&S concerns. We was running about on railway lines, the generation before us were on canals.

There's loads of groups of boys on bikes, they are not all Bikestormz.
Monday 10 February 2020 11.44pm
On Saturday my friend who's in her 80's was crossing Southwark Street near the Menier. The lights were green for pedestrians - the bikes went through the crossing at speed, some on the wrong side of the road onto oncoming traffic. She was petrified and stood shaking and frightened in the middle of the road. The car drivers shook their heads in disbelief whilst the young bikers just laughed. They did it on purpose and they need to be stopped.
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