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 Post subject: B&O Museum Partners--sorta--With Dirt Bike Riders
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:11 pm 

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This is an unusual form of outreach:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/b-o-m ... ar-AALPaQP

My observations, after over two decades in the city:

I know a couple of the people lobbying the city for a permanent dirt-bike park, and they include older white motorcyclists. But apparently some of the appeal of riding is the illicit "outlaw" behavior.
And one of the areas that has long had a problem with illicit/unauthorized dirt bike riding in the past has been the former B&O Mount Clare shops/yard properties down the "First Mile" from the Museum grounds.

It will be interesting to see how well this works.

Have any other museums here done outreach of this fashion?


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 Post subject: Re: B&O Museum Partners--sorta--With Dirt Bike Riders
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:33 pm 

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I've long thought the "give them a place" people clearly forgot their rebellious teenage years.

Much of the appeal is the outlaw nature of it.

So I don't think this track will really solve the epidemic of lawless dirt bike riding in Baltimore.

But what it might do is provide some structure and a positive influence in some of the riders lives, and that'll be worth it.

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 Post subject: Re: B&O Museum Partners--sorta--With Dirt Bike Riders
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:21 am 

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I wonder how much a museum's liability insurance would go up as a result of allowing something like this to happen.

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 Post subject: Re: B&O Museum Partners--sorta--With Dirt Bike Riders
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:58 am 

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As critical of this institution as I am for the horrid condition they've allowed ex-Rdg. locomotive AFT 1 ( Rdg. 2101) to deteriorate into they do deserve credit for thinking outside the box.

I'm on their email list and nearly every day get a blast announcing another something that will be happening at their facility ( i.e. car shows, bake sales, farmer's market, hide & seek games, etc.,etc.) to help bring folks in.

Let's hope all their efforts pay off.

Ross Rowland


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