Both­er­some bikes tear up Botham­ley

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Com­plaints to po­lice and Porirua City Coun­cil about mo­tor­bikes zoom­ing around Botham­ley Park are on the in­crease.

The coun­cil’s parks manager, Olivia Dovey, said paths in the park were de­signed for walk­ing and cy­cling, not mo­tor­bikes and trail­bikes.

‘‘This year we’ve had in­creas­ing con­tact from the public, telling us they are con­cerned about mo­tor­bike use on parks,’’ she said.

‘‘ We have been work­ing through a range of so­lu­tions that achieve a bal­ance be­tween mak­ing it hard for mo­tor­bikes, but al­low­ing other ‘ wheeled’ users like wheel­chairs, pushchairs and moun­tain bikes, to ac­cess parks, too.’’

Dovey said the re­cent spike had been among off-road trail bikes and small mo­tor­bikes. There had been re­ports of groups rid­ing to­gether and there were likely to be re­peat of­fend­ers, she said.

The big­gest dan­ger was to peo­ple, Dovey said.

‘‘We think it’s regular be­hav­iour by a small num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als. The nar­row wind­ing tracks are not de­signed for mo­torised ve­hi­cles speed­ing along.

‘‘The park is used by par­ents with lit­tle ones, el­derly folk, peo­ple go­ing for a walk – it’s a real con­cern that some­one might get hurt.’’

Sig­nage is clear at Botham­ley Park en­trances that mo­tor­cy­cles are not al­lowed on the grounds.

Bar­ri­ers at the en­trances were not an op­tion be­cause it would hin­der ac­cess for prams and wheel­chairs, Dovey said, but chi­canes had been put at Bel­lona St and Can­nons Creek park.

Dovey said if any­one knew who might be us­ing a mo­tor­bike on Botham­ley Park, or saw some­one rid­ing one on the park, should call po­lice. They should note the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber if pos­si­ble, she said.

If rid­ers are caught, the coun­cil or po­lice and im­pound mo­tor­cy­cles, and the po­lice can pros­e­cute for cre­at­ing a men­ace, dam­age caused and danger­ous driv­ing.

A mo­tor­cy­clist breaks the law in Botham­ley Park.

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