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Baltimore Dirt Bike Debate

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In this hour of the show, we tackle the ongoing debate over dirt bikes in Baltimore. Are they a public menace and, if so, what should be done about them? Riding dirt bikes on Baltimore’s streets is illegal, but their appearance has been a Sunday ritual for years. For the past two Sundays, police have been able to shut down Reisterstown Road to block the dirt-bikers from their weekly show of wheelies and weaving that attracts large crowds. Among our guests: a City Councilman Pete Welch, who thinks the dirt-bikers should have their own track, and Lotfy Nathan, director of “Twelve O’Clock Boys.” an acclaimed documentary about the dirt-bikers. We’ll also get an update on Maryland’s heroin crisis and the closing of the old and decrepit Baltimore City Jail.

Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.