Trail bike rid­ers: stay safe, ride legally

North East Tourist News - - Albury/Wodonga -

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

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.

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