WATCH: Video shows bikers blocking busy Boston highway over the weekend

Troopers on patrol responded, but the riders were gone by the time they arrived

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A group of bikers descended on a busy Boston highway over the weekend, and video shows them popping wheelies, doing donuts and disrupting traffic before making a speedy exit.

Massachusetts State Police say around 40 riders on motorcycles and street bikes came rolling down the Leverett Connector Bridge around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, doing donuts and blocking traffic. Troopers on patrol responded, but the riders were gone by the time they arrived.



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Someone in the biker community who wishes to stay anonymous spoke to NBC10 Boston Monday night, saying what happened over the weekend was a "stunt scene," adding that these bikers were doing it to show police they need local lots to ride in.

The man, who claims he was there this weekend but didn't participate, said this was both a fun activity for the group and also one used to get back at police.

"Basically they’re just saying that all of the lots that they ride are getting shut down by cops. And they have nowhere to ride, and all the cops just think that they just want dirt bike trails, dirt trails. No one wants that. They want stunt lots, pavement,” he said. "Cops won’t let us ride the stunt lots so we just take it to the streets.”

Drivers in Boston say this is becoming all too common.

"Many days they cut in front of you, they stop, it’s just ridiculous,” Uber driver Vaughn Lee told NBC10 Boston on Monday. "They have the four wheelers, they have the regular motorcycles, it’s getting – it’s been out of hand. The city doesn’t seem to care.”

"They should restrict their licenses,” Vaughn added. "It’s time consuming, it’s a safety issue, they just don’t care.”

Just last month, Boston police warned residents that with warmer weather typically comes an increase in complaints concerning off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes, ATVs, mopeds and motor scooters driven in what they call a reckless and irresponsible manner.

Many say they want the disruption to stop.

“I could see it being a problem, especially if ambulances and cars are trying to get through and it’s actually making it a huge deal and actual traffic and affecting people’s days,” Abby Beach said.

One Boston driver told NBC10 Boston that he wants fines imposed on motorcyclists who do this -- and license suspensions. Of course, they would have to be caught first.

Saturday's case remains under investigation.

The Leverett Connector carries traffic northbound and southbound over the Charles River and connects part of Boston to points north.

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