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In mid-November, Jason Ryan made BMX headlines when he announced the Great DC Shoe Burn, to protest the banning of bikes from a skate plaza being constructed in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. The plaza, currently under contract by the City of Phoenix, is, according to Ryan, "Being funded with a $50,000 donation from the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation."
"The Bike, Blade and Board Coalition has confirmed that the contract between the foundation and the City of Phoenix states that the city must ban kids who ride bikes from the new skatepark when it opens," Ryan added in November.
So Ryan took to grassroots organization and held a shoe burning in a public park, hoping it would spark a debate about getting bikes into the planned park. I asked ESPN BMX contributor Bink Seavey to go down and see what the event was all about, and he came back with the above video. While I can understand the frustrations associated with bikes not being allowed into a park, I'm also not convinced that burning rubber (which releases suspected human carcinogens into the air) around children is the way to remedy the situation.
Those that burned their shoes were given free shoes from Adio Footwear. And to date, the planned park has not reversed their decision on allowing bikes into the skate plaza.
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