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Coppers on trail bikes

By Serendipity - 28 July 2008 49

It seems that wherever I or some of my friends went over the weekend we saw large bright orange trail bikes with coppers in bright yellow jackets prowling around the grassy areas and bike paths of the suburbs.  Friends even said they saw them with some blokes in utes with trail bikes on the back out at the Cotter Reserve. 

So I guess they are finally taking on the illegal trail bikers that disturb my peace often. 

Personally, I thought it was good to see them (the coppers not the illegal trail bikers) and good that they are aware of the problem and the noisy illegal trail bikes are as much a suburban problem as out the Cotter way, probably more so in the suburbs where it affects many more of us directly.  Previously I have just endured the problem thinking that the coppers couldn’t or didn’t do anything about it, but now I see they are having a go, I, for one support it. 

I will be ringing in and reporting any illegal trail bikes I see.  I might even take some photos to prove my case as I don’t remember seeing any of the trail bikers with rego plates to identify them by.  

What annoys me most of all is when my dog takes me for a walk invariably a trail bike(s), usually ridden by helmetless teenagers, would ruin my peace and destroy the purpose of the green areas and walking tracks.

Have the coppers got a power to seize illegal trail bikes like they can with hoon cars?   If not, they should have.

What’s Your opinion?


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Coppers on trail bikes
vg 8:45 am 29 Jul 08

Matto said :

What’s the big deal? They closed the bike track out at Stromlo so where are they meant to ride? I must admit riding on footpaths is not the smartest idea, but with all the greenspace, they’re not doing anyone any real harm. Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up. Don’t forget, we were all teenagers at one point in our life. What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded? What do you get out of dobbing these people in? Do the cops give you a great big medal to pin on your chest? I hope so, what’s the point? Why inflict your miserable life on some one else? Don’t let the 5 seconds of noise ruin your day. They’re also enjoying the outdoors, they just might be doing it a little bit faster and noisier than you.

From your post you don’t need any assistance from the idiot box to become ‘socially retarded’.

I will take a dump in your bedroom. Don’t let the 10 secs of smell ruin your day. Mind you my turd won’t be unregistered, have a chance of running you over or, indeed, break the law as it stands

bite me 8:21 am 29 Jul 08

Do you want the dirt bike riders out of suburbs and public spaces?

Give us a sensible option that caters for all off road rider skill levels. Simple.

darkmilk 8:18 am 29 Jul 08

What’s the big deal?

Nothing if the riders aren’t morons about it, sadly most I’ve seen are. Out past Gungahlin most trail bikes seem to be on a personal challenge to see how many acres of grass they can tear up – that is, spending hours stopping then spinning the back wheel as they take off just to repeat the process! Occasional noise from someone riding past in the grasslands is tolerable even if not entirely pleasant however the racket from this full-throttle stupidity gets annoying really fast. Also trail bike riders have cut fences, and they along with the monkey bikes tear along the bicycle/foot paths in a dog off-lead area. (also worth noting is that police/government/land owners have a lot more at stake than these issues, like public liability)

Yes, i was a teenager, and yes I rode bikes. Even in a bordering public reserve – but on the roads only in the reserve, keeping a big distance from the very occasional other people there. Any silliness was on *our own* private properties, in areas we set aside for it.

Pesty 7:53 am 29 Jul 08

Matto said :

What’s the big deal? They closed the bike track out at Stromlo so where are they meant to ride? I must admit riding on footpaths is not the smartest idea, but with all the greenspace, they’re not doing anyone any real harm. Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up. Don’t forget, we were all teenagers at one point in our life. What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded? What do you get out of dobbing these people in? Do the cops give you a great big medal to pin on your chest? I hope so, what’s the point? Why inflict your miserable life on some one else? Don’t let the 5 seconds of noise ruin your day. They’re also enjoying the outdoors, they just might be doing it a little bit faster and noisier than you.

Matto said :

What’s the big deal? They closed the bike track out at Stromlo so where are they meant to ride? I must admit riding on footpaths is not the smartest idea, but with all the greenspace, they’re not doing anyone any real harm. Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up. Don’t forget, we were all teenagers at one point in our life. What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded? What do you get out of dobbing these people in? Do the cops give you a great big medal to pin on your chest? I hope so, what’s the point? Why inflict your miserable life on some one else? Don’t let the 5 seconds of noise ruin your day. They’re also enjoying the outdoors, they just might be doing it a little bit faster and noisier than you.

Matto said :

What’s the big deal? They closed the bike track out at Stromlo so where are they meant to ride? I must admit riding on footpaths is not the smartest idea, but with all the greenspace, they’re not doing anyone any real harm. Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up. Don’t forget, we were all teenagers at one point in our life. What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded? What do you get out of dobbing these people in? Do the cops give you a great big medal to pin on your chest? I hope so, what’s the point? Why inflict your miserable life on some one else? Don’t let the 5 seconds of noise ruin your day. They’re also enjoying the outdoors, they just might be doing it a little bit faster and noisier than you.

Very valid point, it’s good to see youngsters doing active stuff, unless the noise is really of unacceptable level. really though it comes back to the same old argument, ‘where can they legally go?” sames as drag racing, burn-outs etc. What is needed is one big motor sports centre ouit in the sticks to incorporate all the above needs, probably put in a 4WD track too. So who pays for this I hear you all cry? User or tax payer? like I said, same old argument.

captainwhorebags 7:52 am 29 Jul 08

babyface: I see them all the time on the firetrails that run around the hills in Lanyon Valley. Particularly up along the top of Banks.

Considering that there is a lot of blind corners, and it’s a favourite dog walking spot, I’d be glad to see the hoons nicked. If the cops can catch the prick that does it at 3am every few weeks, I’d be happier still.

A proper trail bike riding area for legitimate users would possibly go a long way to helping the situation. Kind of like the off leash dog areas.

Jack Dorf 7:46 am 29 Jul 08

Matto said :

Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up.

No they’re actually within about 50 meters of our backyard Matto. I’d like to be able to let my kids play out in that open space. It’s one of the reasons I brought my property here. Perhaps you can supply your address and all the trail bikers can come & play at your house?

NoAddedMSG 7:01 am 29 Jul 08

Matto said :

What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded?

Since you ask, yes, yes I would.

Matto 6:08 am 29 Jul 08

What’s the big deal? They closed the bike track out at Stromlo so where are they meant to ride? I must admit riding on footpaths is not the smartest idea, but with all the greenspace, they’re not doing anyone any real harm. Big deal, every now and then you hear them come by, it’s not like they’re on your font lawn tearing it up. Don’t forget, we were all teenagers at one point in our life. What would you rather them sitting in front of the idiot box playing video games, stuffing junk food into their mouth while becoming socially retarded? What do you get out of dobbing these people in? Do the cops give you a great big medal to pin on your chest? I hope so, what’s the point? Why inflict your miserable life on some one else? Don’t let the 5 seconds of noise ruin your day. They’re also enjoying the outdoors, they just might be doing it a little bit faster and noisier than you.

mirage3 9:02 pm 28 Jul 08

Ah RG thats why they no longer roar up the pathway out the front of my place up to Mt Rogers. Nice.

Jack Dorf 8:39 pm 28 Jul 08

babyface said :

where are you seeing trail bike used illegally in the suburbs?

I don’t know about Serendipity’s problem trail bikers but my area of Giralang/Kaleen, between Spigl Street & Barton Hwy has a dozen or so ever week, especially in summer.

RandomGit 8:36 pm 28 Jul 08

Melba had a bit of a problem around the school and the shops with a bunch of trail bike riders. Rattling around late at night and during the day, screaming down pathways and such. More than once they almost collected me pushing the pram through the park off Henslowe place.

But one night they were pissed and rowdy and had an altercation with the neighbours. Big mistake, it was the scope the police needed to attend and pin the whole list on them.

Been quiet ever since.

Cletus 8:05 pm 28 Jul 08

In other news… keep off the grass, ya punk kids.

bigred 7:58 pm 28 Jul 08

bet they don’t target the Harley hoons who hang at All Bar Nun or Old Canberra Inn.

Bungle 7:55 pm 28 Jul 08

Does it really matter if it’s a 2 stroke dirt bike or not? By trail bike I think they mean a motor bike ridden off road. Doesn’t matter if it’s some idiot riding his prize Ducati in the mud or a peewee 50.

If you live in a suburb on the edge of canberra you see trail bikes in the suburbs all the time – especially just after it’s been raining.

babyface 7:30 pm 28 Jul 08

where are you seeing trail bike used illegally in the suburbs? i’ve never encountered this. also by trail bike you mean usually 2 stroke dirt bike yeah? just want to make sure i’m interpreting this right

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