Trail bike woes more widespread
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.