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The fight to ride dirt bikes

Wide open areas, protective gear and even parental supervision – but will this be enough to allow bikes to be accepted on our island?

In recent months, we have seen an increase in talks concerning the legality of dirt bikes, the importation of these machines and reports of theft regarding multiple bikes from the George Town Police Station. Open areas all across Cayman are invitational to these riders, some of whom explain the need for regulated safe zones where bikes can be freely ridden.

One parent, Savio Castro Sr. says he journeys with his son on the weekends, loading up the trailer with his four wheeler and dirt bike all because his son loves the activity. Mr. Castro believes parents should support their children if they have a love for dirt bikes and says he views the activity as a sport and one which has potential to grow should more support is given. One rider, Cliff D’Angelo Smith says the bikes are good for young Caymanians, especially at-risk youth. Mr. Smith added dirt bikes are a great way to positively release pent up frustration which often leads to delinquency.

“There wouldn’t be guys going around you know robbing and doing things, they have a sport, they are finding something to do,” said Mr. Smith.

Mr. Smith was joined by 12-year-old, Savio Castro Jr., who was supervised by his father Mr. Castro Sr. for the excursion. Mr. Castro Sr. said, despite his lack of affinity for the bikes, he makes the attempt to support his son and believes that it is possible for young Caymanians to one day enter the X-games competition.

Castro Jr., is urging the police not to put a complete ban on the availability of bikes on the island, while his father wants police to consider the potential of dirt bikers to develop into athletes.

About the author

Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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