I’m Dustin Dunckel, I am 17 years old from Portland, Oregon and I was writing because I want to know what is up with all the parks that don’t allow bikes? There aren’t any near me that do and today the cops kicked me and a few friends out of a skate park when we don’t have anywhere else to ride. No matter where you go, street or park it’s no bikes. I don’t get it and don’t know where to ride without getting into trouble. So what can I do?
A: Dustin, Portland, for how free thinking it has the reputation of being, is not the most BMX friendly state in the union. Skaters will have you booted from most parks and BMXers will kick you out of most local trail spots, so what is a rider to do? Move to Seattle, we hear that scene s off the hook, but if that’s not in the cards, create your own scene. Try digging your own set of jumps, building your own ramps or riding out of the way street spots in the forgotten corners of town. We have been there before and feel your pain, but there are places to ride and if you get a chance to hook up with any of the other riders in town who have a solid grasp of how to work the system, they will no doubt set you straight about the riding scene there. Long time locals will know what time to ride what parks without conflict and who to start helping dig and maintain at the trails to earn your keep and ride time. So keep at it Dustin, its frustrating, but worth it in the long run when you are no longer on the outside looking in, but rather on the inside getting your session on.