The BMX Riders Organization has been making a lot of noise in the past year, but exactly who are they and what are they trying to accomplish?
“People perceive BRO as just a Web site, and they think that we’re just concerned with skateparks in California. That’s totally not the case, we’re concerned with people all over the world, and we want to bring all these people together to make a difference and get places to ride.”
These words come from Sam Pederson, one of the main people behind the BMX Riders Organization (BRO), a group of people that are trying to correct the wrongs that bureaucratic governments have plagued the BMX scene with over the last few years. Citations for riding bikes in so-called “public” skateparks have become an issue in cities across the U.S., and this is just the beginning of the injustices that BMXers face.
But the challenges facing a rider can seem daunting at times; how can a kid that rides a bike take on his city council? This is one of the reasons that the BMX Riders Organization has formed. On a recent trip to San Francisco, Scot was able to talk to Sam Pederson about the roots and goals of BRO. Click on the link below to read the interview.
On the same trip we stopped by Alameda, California, “public” skatepark to shoot some photos, while we were there the cops drove up and began writing tickets. Read about this in Busted for BMX.
And finally, just to let you know that BRO does more than petition cities to get bikes into “public” parts, the BMX Fun Games were held in Sand City, California. Click the link to read Sam Pederson’s rendition of all the action that took place, both the good and the bad.
You can also learn more about BRO by checking out their Web site at BMXRiders.org.