Riding quads and dirt bikes on the streets of Philadelphia is illegal, and punishable by traffic citation and confiscation. Yet hundreds of people — kids, women, teenagers, men old enough to have grandchildren — do it every weekend, and they love it. The danger posed by renegade riders is among city residents' top complaints, but the dirt bikers say it keeps them honest.
As plentiful as dirt-bikers and four-wheelers are in Philly, their critics are even more abundant. At community meetings with police, the noise, destruction and dangerous maneuvers of dirt bikes and quads top the list of citizens’ concerns in warmer months, authorities say. But police have a no-pursuit policy,