BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s a spring ritual for Connecticut cities as much as a tree blossom. Warm weather brings about huge groups of young people on the roadways, riding everything from bicycles to ATVs.
A video posted to Instagram from over the weekend in Bridgeport reportedly more than 100 teens riding bicycles all over the roadways, not obeying basic traffic laws. The video even shows the group of teens daring to take the bicycles onto the freeway in Bridgeport, disregarding the obvious dangers.
“They think they own the street,” said Bridgeport resident Ronald Cohen. “Every time you see 15-20, right in the middle of the street.”
“I feel for the kids, I don’t know what else they have to do,” said Jim Cyrus.
Cyrus said it’s in your face lawlessness. But he admits that the answer isn’t an easy one.
“I don’t know what the answer is and I don’t think anybody else does,” Cyrus said. “I stop the car and let them go. And I say ‘well, I guess that’s what’s going on.'”
Bridgeport city officials also admit the answer is difficult when it comes to bicycles. If it’s a motorized vehicle, then it’s outlawed. But bicycles are not against the law. City officials said that even on bicycles, traffic laws must be obeyed. And if not, parents need to understand that their child’s life is at risk.
“We want to ask the community to get involved and solve the problem and say, we understand this is issue, what do you think creative ways to get word out and solve the problem long term,” said Bridgeport City Council President Thomas McCarthy.