(people yelling) – [Guy] The amount of
people that storm the city on bikes, yeah Bikestormz. (dramatic music) – [Narrator] Go on any
news website at the moment in the U.K, and you’ll be met by a number of headlines about the issue of knife crime among young people. In 2018, there were 21381 knife and other offensive
weapon offenses reported, which was the highest level since 2010. For many young people in the poorest areas of the U.K, it can be incredibly difficult to break out of this cycle of violence, but we’re here to talk to
some of the people using bikes to try and combat some of these issues, reduce that violence, and ultimately, to help people find the same joy in bikes that we all have. – The message of this event
is bikes up, knife down. – Tearing up the streets man, it’s a whole different ball game. – Every single one of us
are trying to be better. Are we trying to be better, people? – [Crowd] Yeah! – [Narrator] We’re in East
London with Jake O’Neil, more well-known as Jake100, who’s one of the
co-founders of Bikestormz. Bikestormz are mass bike rides that see the streets of London overtaken by thousands of young kids on bikes. All united both by the love of cycling and their desire to reduce
knife crime where they live. Jake also happens to be unquestionably one of the most skilled bike
riders you’re ever likely to see. – So I learned to ride
from when I was young, I just wanted a BMX bike ’cause I thought it was cool. Ended up doing more and more BMX-ing alongside playing a lot of football, like being a footballer was my dream, but BMX-ing, there’s was
always a space in my heart for that. I ended up injuring myself BMX-ing which ended my football career, and then in that recovery period I found that all I wanted
to do was ride my bike, not play football. So then when I came back, I got a mountain bike
as part of my physio, because a BMX was too small, and that’s when I learned to wheelie and just took it from there. (electronic music) so when I started riding, my family, I didn’t really tell them at first, I didn’t really show them too much like, ’cause I sort of knew that if
they’ve never seen it before, there might be some sort of judgment or expectation. As I started riding more and
they started to see the level of riding I was doing and seeing how much control
I actually had on a bike, they started to understand
it a little more, they accepted it a lot more, it was like my parents have
always been super supportive from young, so they just took a little bit of time to understand it and
now, they’re fully behind it. If anything, they’re kind of confused that I’ve ended up where I am from just pulling wheelies on a bike. Like it’s more than pulling wheelies, but the basis of it is pulling wheelies. (electronica music) – Wherever you are in London, you’re just surrounded by negative things, and it’s so easy to get
drawn into negative things in London. Like growing up, knife
crime was a big problem, you had to look out, you had to make sure you weren’t
getting robbed or whatever. Growing up in East London, you
have to be very street-smart, and very street-riding. I ended up drawn into things and hanging around people I
didn’t want to hang around and whatnot. But riding a bike meant that I had something to do
every Saturday every night, I had somewhere to go, I
had something to practice, I had something to work on. Once my mom saw how much good it was doing for me and how much
happier it was making me, and keeping me out of trouble, then she got onboard a lot more and just really supported it. When you’re young, you
hear oh someone got stabbed on the high road or in
Leyton or South London, wherever. But when it first really hit me was when my best mate in secondary school, his older brother was murdered, and that was the moment where I was like, it’s serious. It really happens, you know? Then like, a year or two on from that, my best mate actually got stabbed as well, and then another year or two on from that, my other best friend, my few best friends have all been victims of knife crime in some way. So it’s like, seeing
that and being around it, and being close to it,
but not being involved, just made me super passionate
and super motivated to try and steer other kids away from it and I was able to ride a bike, and that was my reason
for not being as involved in anything. So if that worked for me,
it can work for anyone. (dramatic music) – Are we trying to be better people? – [Crowd] Yeah! (man yells into mic) – [Narrator] This year’s
Bikestormz started in South Park, just South of the River Thames. While everyone was arriving, one of the other event
founders, Mac gave a speech, letting everyone know why they were there, and what the aims of the event were. One particularly cool moment was when Mac asked everyone
riding a C-100 bike to lift it in the air. The C-100 is actually Jake’s own pro model of bike, and is the first
bike designed specifically for the type of riding that he does. – Earlier this year, I also
released my signature bike with Collective Bikes, and
that was another big thing for the scene as well, because that was the first
really mountain bike design for wheelies. So it was like, what
I’ve always tried to do is really try and break through the scene, get these opportunities and make it. Because if I get these opportunities, in due time it just means
more and more people are going to get them. It’s just opening it up to
those corporate companies, and those people that are
going to be able to invest and try and help push the sport basically. – [Narrator] This year
was the eighth edition of Bikestormz, and it’s safe to say, it was absolutely massive. (crowd chattering) (inspirational music) – [Emcee] Five, four, three, two. (inspirational music) – [Narrator] There were
genuinely so many people that it took around ten
minutes before everyone was out of the park and onto their bikes. The ride then headed West,
crossing over Tower Bridge, and following the North bank of the river, all the way down to Battersea, before crossing back over the Thames to ride all the way
back up the South bank, to South Park. It’s so great to see literally thousands of young people coming
out to ride the bikes. And the amount of positivity
surrounding the event was properly inspiring. – Riding a bike kept me out of trouble, and it just may have opened me up to new places in life. – Yeah, riding my bike
has definitely helped me because just when you’re riding, it’s hard to explain,
you’re just free, ‘innit? You just do what you want. (sad music) – [Narrator] Although almost
all of the interactions we had at Bikestormz were incredibly positive, not everyone was completely sold with how the event is currently being run. – We have security issues,
public safety issues, the young people have to listen to a team. So this needs to be more organized, more coordinated. At the moment, I don’t
feel like it’s organized. I know we have a strong police presence, trying to do their best to coordinate it, to guide the rules and all that, to keep it safe, but the
young people also need to listen to the instructions, because it’s good that we are
located today in the park, but we would like them to
be aware that they have to keep the public safe,
and themselves also safe, so this is a problem we’re having. – We’ve always been
respectful to the police ’cause we know that especially back then, we knew that they didn’t
like what we were doing, and they didn’t understand it, you know? Growing up in London, before
anything good happens to you, it takes people a year, two years, or it takes people a lot of time before they actually
understand who you are and what you’re trying to do. So I think once we opened up conversations with them and we invited them along, we’re respectful and we’re
open to working with them, they’ve begun to understand
what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to achieve, and now they’re fully behind
it and they support it. – [Narrator] Despite some of the issues surrounding this part of our sport at the moment, its potential for creating some serious
positive change cannot be underestimated. With thousands of people showing up for this year’s Bikestormz,
who knows how big it can be in the future? – With this sport I’d see
it one, growing bigger, and bigger, and bigger. It’s already grown so quickly in the years that it’s been about,
’cause we’re in the time of social media, so whatever
you do can get shared to millions of people instantly. So I think that’s why it’s
grown so quick already. This sport is different
because it’s a bit more raw. It’s got a strong meaning to it, so I feel like everyone
going in the same direction as the other extreme sports, but it’ll definitely be
on the same level though. – It’s inevitable man, it’s
getting bigger and bigger. So future’s here, man. It’s actually coming
sooner than we thought, but it’s a good thing, you know? ‘Cause you don’t want these kids growing up doing other things, you rather have them on bikes. (dramatic music) – [Narrator] Let us know what you think of Bikestormz in the
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