After More National Attention, City Attempts to Crack Down on Dirt Bikes

Photo by Lotfy Nathan
Photo by Lotfy Nathan

The youths who ride dirt bikes through Baltimore’s city streets — often seen swarming cop cars and popping wheelies through red lights — have gotten national attention recently as an online photo essay from the New York Times and as the subject of Lotfy Nathan’s buzzed-about documentary 12 O’Clock Boys.

And it looks like the embarrassment that’s inspiring in the Baltimore Police Department — not to mention the continuing threat to public safety the dirt-bikers pose — is inspiring law enforcement to step up efforts to crack down.

And they’re focusing on seizing the bikes themselves, 30 percent of which, they say, are stolen to begin with. To that end, they’ve created an email address,, by which people can live anonymous tips on riders and locations of bikes.

We’ll see if it makes a difference.