Finally, on May 17, Bratton lived up to his promise and the NYPD "crush-in" was streamed live on the New York city government's Facebook page. After a long wait while the NYPD crew got everything in order, Bratton surveyed the condemned bikes, gave a short speech, waved a checkered flag and the festivities got underway. Dozens of dirt bikes and ATVs were packed into a narrow space defined by a couple rows of NYPD portable barriers. A pair of big bulldozers then started up and proceeded to run back and forth across the row of vehicles like something out of a monster truck rally. A spirited discussion followed in the comments section in which government workers explained and defended the actions of the NYPD and answered a slew of questions.
The NYPD seized more than 300 bikes and ATVs by April, more than double the number collected during the same period in 2015, the department said. The police also have plans to raid known storage facilities and set up check points to catch riders in the act.