Operation Kickstand comes the day after a 4-year-old was shot in Harambee Park by somebody who then used a motorized dirt bike to escape.
Initially, Boston Police and city transportation workers are being directed to tow illegal dirt bikes, specifically ones without registration, being driven in parks and being driven by drunks or other reckless people. However, Mayor Tom Menino says he will file a home-rule petition with the state legislature for permission to ban the vehicles completely from city streets:
These types of loud, dangerous vehicles are allowing individuals to intimidate our residents and cause disruption in our neighborhoods - and it must stop.
The city and state define a motorized bicycles as
A pedal bicycle which has a helper motor or a non-pedal bicycle with a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters of cylinder capacity, has an automatic transmission and cannot go faster than 30 miles an hour.