WORCESTER – A dangerous new trend called “swerving” is interrupting Worcester traffic and the Worcester Police department has created a task force to put an end to it.
In a communication from Worcester Police Chief Steve Sargent to City Manager Edward Augustus, Sargent said, “Swerving involves teens riding their bicycles into oncoming traffic and veering away at the last minute as well as doing wheelies and stunts on busy streets. The new trend has been reported by municipalities and police departments across
the country. This new trend is potentially deadly and is putting the general public at risk.”
According to the WPD, police officers have identified teenagers purposely blocking traffic and surrounding vehicles. The police department also refers to several reports of vandalized and damaged OFO bicycles -a new bike-sharing program that launched last month in Worcester.
The WPD task force will be made up bike patrols patrolling neighborhoods throughout the city.
The video below was taken on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and several OFO bicycles can be seen in the group of nearly three dozen kids on bicycles interrupting traffic on Franklin and Foster streets in downtown Worcester.
Video courtesy of Anthony Romeo.