Trail bike woes more wide­spread

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Neigh­bour­hood dis­tur­bances caused by trail bikes ap­pear to be more wide­spread than we re­ported last week.

Af­ter a Kapi-Mana News ar­ti­cle on the noise and van­dal­ism dirt bik­ers are caus­ing in Ti­tahi Bay, we were in­formed of sim­i­lar prob­lems in Taka­puwahia, El­son, As­cot Park, Porirua East and up the Kapiti Coast.

A Ti­tahi Bay caller to the pa­per con­firmed the like­li­hood of a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion. ‘‘ The aggro ante just goes up. It’s be­come a bit of a game,’’ he says.

The bik­ers ride un­til 3am, some­times with­out lights, and the caller says he has seen them wear­ing masks. De­spite this he calls the be­hav­iour more of a nui­sance than a pub­lic men­ace.

Sto­ries of vi­o­lence emerged in the com­ments to the story on­line.

‘‘Our car has been hit twice, my part­ner at­tacked by young idiots,’’ a Piko St res­i­dent writes.

A Mawhare St res­i­dent claims: ‘‘ When your seven-year-old girl is afraid at night be­cause of the threats she has heard these bik­ers call out to her fam­ily, isn’t that a sign some­thing is not OK?’’

Chil­dren and an­i­mals are be­ing tar­geted in As­cot Park, says Su­san Ti­u­malu.

One poster sug­gests Porirua needs an all-ter­rain dirt­bike park, an­other en­cour­aged con­cerned res­i­dents to write to the coun­cil, po­lice min­is­ter and prime min­is­ter. ‘‘Don’t stop writ­ing un­til some­one re­sponds with some ac­tion. You do not have to be in­tim­i­dated by cowardly bul­lies on bikes.’’

There were a few voices de­fend­ing the bik­ers.

‘‘Where else can peo­ple ride there [sic] bikes’’ t bay moto x asks. The same com­menter de­nies the bikes are do­ing burnouts.

‘‘Sum ov these bikes arnt even pow­er­full enough to do burnouts on the road [sic].’’

Many com­menters were frus­trated the po­lice seemed re­luc­tant to get in­volved.

‘‘ The po­lice/ coun­cil and gov­ern­ment don’t re­ally do a lot about it . . . Our ex­ist­ing laws are just not be­ing en­forced,’’ an anony­mous com­menter writes.

Ti­tahi Bay com­mu­nity con­sta­ble Hemi Tito says not all bik­ers are caus­ing prob­lems, and he is search­ing for the group at the cen­tre of com­plaints.

Any in­for­ma­tion about the bik­ers is wel­comed by po­lice, Mr Tito says.

‘‘Res­i­dents of Mawhare St are en­cour­aged to con­tinue to re­port in­stances of dam­age and dan­ger­ous rid­ing in the hope that po­lice can lo­cate this small group of of­fend­ers. While po­lice are aware of the frus­tra­tions felt by some res­i­dents of Mawhare St, they should not be tak­ing the law into their own hands.’’

Po­lice dis­cour­aged bik­ers from rid­ing on Ti­tahi Bay beach and Whi­tireia Park, Mr Tito says.

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