PORTLAND -- The Fifth annual “Alley Sweeper" ride is coming up next month, and some residents of Southeast Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood are dreading the thought of hundreds of dirt bikes buzzing through their alleys.
The bikes are loud. They kick up mud and neighbors say they go way too fast, essentially in their otherwise-quiet backyards.
But organizers say the annual parade of 250 riders is completely legal. They say it's harmless fun and they ask riders to be respectful.
“All we want to get across to the riders is to be safe out there,” said spokesman Peter Kahn. “They’re public right of ways, which means we are allowed to ride on them, but that you also have to respect everyone else who is using them.”
"I have participated in this ride in the past and found it to be fun and safe," said rider Davey Arnold. "Best of all, many of the neighbors are very friendly as we ride by."
Police say riders are not breaking the law as long as they stay under 15 mph and stop at each intersection. The organizers don’t need permits because they’re not blocking off any streets.
Video courtesy of Davey Arnold: