But in the video starring Mayor Bill de Blasio and a Caterpillar dozer, it looks like about half the “illegal dirt bikes” being crushed are street motorcycles and scooters. In the US’s most densely populated city, is de Blasio’s campaign really about safety? Or something else?

“It seems nonsensical and only gets worse when you begin to ponder the consequences of banning some of the most affordable modes of transportation available to poor New Yorkers,” writes Matt Posky in this piece in The Truth About Cars.