‘Mob’ of motorcyclists menacing major highways in Ontario prompts investigation

Toronto (CBC, Aug 10,2017): A “mob” of motorcyclists who took over sections of several southern Ontario highways on the weekend, smoking their tires, popping wheelies and halting traffic has police hunting for information.

Ontario Provincial Police say they are looking for witnesses after receiving multiple complaints about a large group of motorcyclists travelling together on Sunday afternoon on highways 409, 401, 403, the Queen Elizabeth Way, the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.

The dozens of riders caused major traffic delays and shut down sections of one of the highways, police said in a news release Wednesday.

“The actions of these riders jeopardized the safety of all road users by increasing the risk of collisions, as well as frustrating drivers which may lead to road rage incidents,” the release said.

A Facebook event page called “Ride of the 6ix” indicates that a group motorcycle ride was organized for Aug. 6. Police would not confirm whether that event is being investigated specifically.

“There is no place for groups like this to hijack our highways,” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, who appealed to the riders to turn themselves in.