Project Reader Reaction
A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the newest fad in transportation: mini-motorcycles known as pocket bikes.
“WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT in the afternoons I can always count on at least six to eight mini-motorcycles racing up and down my street with all the kids beeping their horns at each other.
“It isn’t just school-aged kids riding these small versions of ‘murdercycles.’ I have also seen older women and men riding the things on my street and on Brady Avenue.
“These small bikes are just waiting for someone to get hit and killed. No one wears helmets or guards to protect hands, legs, feet or heads.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis
“I BELIEVE THAT ANY vehicle is dangerous and should be used responsibly. If there is a loose nut behind the wheel or handlebars, there will be problems.”
— Jim Sitterly, Clovis
“NO DOUBT THEY ARE a delight for young (and not so young riders) but they definitely belong in a controlled area, such as Ned Houk Park, and not on streets or highways.”
— Harold Burris, Clovis
“POCKET BIKES DON’T SEEM to be any different than the mopeds and Honda scooters of the last decade. The fad will likely pass. Although they don’t pose a threat to other motorists, I’d sure hate to ride one down Prince Street in the middle of the afternoon. If the rider accepts the risks involved, let them enjoy it!”
— Richard Lopes, Clovis
“I CONSIDER THE MINI-MOTORCYCLE to be in the same category as those electric scooters. … I believe the same rules and regulations should apply to both electric scooters and mini-motorcycles. Because of their size and construction, I believe they were designed for children and not adults and require adult supervision. …”
— Harold Gongaware, Clovis
“I HAVE A GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER who races motorcycles and is probably equal to any 7-year-old boy or girl in this area. I would not, nor would her parents, want to see her riding one of these mini-bikes in traffic on the streets of Clovis. They are too dangerous for everyone. I would hate to live with the fact that I had accidentally killed the rider because I could not see it in time to stop.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis
“POCKET BIKES ARE DISASTERS waiting to happen. There is one in my neighborhood and the rider is supervised by his parents. I believe that (is) the exception; other children are not that well supervised. I predict that there will be some major injuries on these bikes.”
— John Frey, Clovis
“I THINK THE POCKET bikes are cute. … I hope the individuals who are on them are responsible individuals and know and respect the rules of the road. An accident with one of those will more than likely prove serious if not deadly. I would not like to see or hear that happen to anyone.”
— Dan Toledo, Clovis
“DURING MY RIDING DAYS, I had six motorcycles over a 30-year period. I grew up in Dallas and learned quickly that the bigger and faster a bike, the better chance I had for survival! It’s hard to imagine someone not seeing a full-dressed Goldwing, so what’s the chances for something small enough to strap to the luggage rack? You don’t need a license to drive these things and most bicycle riders don’t obey the traffic laws anyway! Who are the parents going to sue when their child gets run over?”
— Joe Christopherson, Clovis
“BIG BIKES, SMALL BIKES — with the price of gas, why not get there with money in your pocket? It is a nationwide trend, these motorized scooters. The first one I saw was in San Francisco transporting a student alongside the trolley full of tourists about five years ago. Last Christmas, all Miami neighborhoods were abuzz with these new gadgets.
“My biggest disappointment of the millennium is that we still don’t have the personal “jet packs.” I wish I could have been a kid nowadays, but with the respect of the olden days.”
— Maria Cheverez, Clovis
“THE POCKET BIKES ARE probably a fad while gas prices have risen and temperatures are warm. Worrisome to me is the fact that I see very few helmets on the riders. I also see them being ridden on sidewalks, which will no doubt raise the ire of many people.”
— Frank Dalton, Clovis