Trail bike riders: stay safe, ride legally
AUTHORITIES are reminding trail bike riders to ride safely, stick to legal riding areas, and steer clear of rail trails and walking tracks.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) trail bike project manager Roger Pitt said: “Trail bike riding is increasingly popular in the Hume Region, but riders must remember that in forests and parks motorcycles can only be used on formed roads and vehicle tracks.
“Rail trails and walking tracks are not designed for motorbikes as their surface and drainage can be easily damaged and motorbike riders are a hazard to others using the trails,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s also an offence in forests and parks to ride off-road on informal tracks and the natural terrain because of the environmental damage it causes.
“In addition, if you are unlicensed or your bike is unregistered you are only allowed to ride on private land or at motorcycle club tracks.
“It’s a good idea for parents to enrol young riders in a club so they have somewhere to ride and get some safe riding instruction.”
Wodonga council’s natural resources co-ordinator, Andrew Griffiths, said: “Complaints about noise and safety from motorbikes riding in council reserves and on footpaths peak during school holiday periods.
“Riding in council reserves is not allowed. We urge everyone using motorbikes to stick to formed roads, and if they are riding on private land to be considerate of nearby neighbours,” Mr Griffiths said.
Victoria has approximately 49,000km of roads and vehicle tracks through state forest and national parks which are available for use by licensed riders on registered bikes.
“If you are riding in our forests and parks over summer please be extra careful and reduce your speed on narrow tracks, at blind corners and around camping areas,” Mr Pitt said.
“Wear full coverage protective clothing and motorcycle boots, a helmet, goggles, gloves, body armour, and knee guards.
“Make sure you keep hydrated and ride with someone else in case of an emergency.”
Riding a motorcycle off formed roads, damaging public land, unlicensed riding and using unregistered mini-bikes on public land are all serious offences with fines potentially exceeding $1000.
Further information about trail bike riding in state forest and other areas of public land can be found on www.delwp.vic.gov.au.
Report environmental crime to DELWP on 136 186 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information about motorbike riders riding unregistered or unlicensed motorbikes or causing a public safety risk should be referred to Victoria Police.
RIDE ON: Trail bike riders are being advised to ride safely and legally in the North East’s outdoor spaces.