He thinks it's a wheely good idea.
A veteran Harlem biker claims to have an answer to the city's controversial ATV craze, but officials are already dumping on the idea.
The sprawling park as proposed by Albert (Al Capone) Elkerson, who heads biker group 1Down5Up, would be a safe haven for dirt bikers.
Elkerson, 46, envisions a biking oasis equipped with ramps, at least five different tracks and a bike-repair station. He says it could be located in Port Morris or Orchard Beach in the Bronx; the Flatlands or Floyd Bennett Field, in Brooklyn, or the area surrounding JFK Airport in southeast Queens.
You can't have a whole city full of dirt bikes and say, 'I don't care, I'm just going to make arrests,' . . . That's not a responsible solution," said Elkerson, who owns seven bikes. "This is an epidemic. This is not going to go away under any circumstances."
He calls his vision Bike Life Park, and says its cost would range from $400,000 for a 3-acre facility to $7 million for a larger space. Maintenance costs, he estimates, would average $216,000 per year. Riders would have their bikes trucked to the site.
But don't rev up the motor just yet. The city, it seems, hasn't exactly embraced Elkerson's concept.
"We don't believe that a dirt bike facility is an appropriate activity for a public park," said Philip Abramson, the Parks Department spokesman, pointing to safety and liability issues along with noise and fumes.
It's illegal to ride off-road bikes on city streets; bikers currently have to travel upstate or go to the Garden State, where there are designated ATV trails.
Elkerson started pitching his park plan three years ago and says he was beginning to make progress — until Sept. 29 of last year, when a pack of thuggish motorcyclists beat an SUV driver to a pulp in front of his family on the West Side Highway.
That incident sparked a public outcry for police to crack down on all bikers — including dirt bike enthusiasts.
Elkerson, a contractor who runs Al El Construction in the Bronx, started riding a dirt bike in 1980. His five children have dirt bikes including his 6-year-old son. He remains driven, and says he already has about $300,000 in donations committed toward the park's cost.
He boasts of connections to basketball players and rappers such as 50 Cent — and says they could help promote the park and draw bikers to use it.
Elkerson said dirt bike riding is a talent that keeps kids out of trouble, but is enjoyed by all ages.
"It's like what hip-hop was — there's no turning back," he said of the booming biking culture. "I'm asking for the city to take a chance on a solution."
Cops arrested three men and confiscated eight dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles last weekend in Harlem, and police have urged residents to help them sniff out unregistered bikes.
Throngs of noisy bikers and ATV riders were ripping through the South Bronx Saturday — a sight that will become frequent as the days begin to warm.
"These bikes are really out of control," said Brian Benjamin, an officer on Manhattan Community Board 10. "Sometimes they're riding on the sidewalk, down busy streets and they risk hitting children. We should be trying to find some sort of alternative."