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Update September 5, 2015- Hopefully, the NYPD does an effective job again this year at preventing the caravans of Harleys and Japanese bikes from turning this area into a biker’s haven. Details below.
September 11, 2014- By Steven E. Greer
Over the last several years, misguided motorcyclists have somehow associated loud mile-long caravans of Harley’s and Japanese bikes as tributes to those who died on 9/11. Others argued that they were just using the day as an excuse to flex their muscles as a gang.
People living in South BPC were impacted by the noise. Also, the bikers were starting to park by the dozens on West Thames to look at the spotlights.
BatteryPark.TV alerted the First Precinct to this safety issue months ago. This year, the number of motorcycle were far fewer, and the large Harley caravans did not show up.
Over in Tribeca, however, the Japanese bikers did make a noisy “we own these streets” demonstration at midnight of September 11th. Other than that, the entire Ground Zero area was very well controlled.