Upper West Side residents are flipping out over lawless all-terrain vehicles terrorizing their neighborhood.
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They say illegal quad riders who ignore the rules of the road invade the UWS at all hours — particularly late at night and early in morning — causing locals to lose sleep and their sense of safety.
“What’s up with the constant ATV brigade up and down Broadway all day and night? It’s totally annoying and actually scary!!” Allison Eden posted to the 15,000-member “Upper West Side Together” Facebook page earlier this month.
“There are no laws anymore. I’ve never really seen anything like this,” Eden, 51, told The Post. “I almost hit a brigade [of ATVs] once because I thought they were stopping, but they didn’t.”
But while complaints are up, enforcement is way down.
The NYPD has issued 10 ATV-related summonses in 2021 as of March 16, a department spokeswoman said. That number is on pace to fall short of the 77 summonses issued by the NYPD for all of 2019 and the 58 (a 25 percent decrease amid the pandemic) for all of 2020, the data shows.
The NYPD has issued 2,493 summonses to operators of motorycles/dirtbikes this year as of March 16, according to the department. For all of 2019, that number was 23,944. The figure plunged 37 percent to 15,169 in 2020, according to the data.
The summonses were mostly for the vehicles being unlicensed and unregistered, the NYPD said.
Last April, cops cracked down on illegal street bikes and ATVs, seizing 20 different banned rides from people who had been tormenting city residents. Authorities issued a total of 25 summonses citywide and made two arrests — one for criminal possession of a firearm and another for reckless endangerment, police said.
Gary Goldenstein, an Upper West Side resident, said he’s attended community meetings where cops confided “their hands are tied,” adding, “It’s a shame that our politicians care more about the criminals than the citizens and don’t give the police the resources to crack down on this.”
Another Upper West Sider, Gary Thurston, relayed his concerns to the NYPD about the “reckless noisy quads” and dirt bikes. “I live on Broadway and hear and watch them pop wheelies, rev, split traffic, run opposite of traffic and blow lights. … Someone’s going to get mowed down.”
Goldenstein, 59, who witnessed one gaggle of 75 bikers, told The Post, “It’s really crazy. … I have no problem with kids having fun, but not at the expense of the safety of New Yorkers. Someone’s going to have to get killed before the city gets serious about this.”
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