Trail bike riders yearn for track
TRAIL bike riders in Gladstone need a place to ride.
In response to a recent story about police cracking down on trail bike riders, The Observer has been inundated with calls for young trail bike riders to be given a place to ride legally in Gladstone.
Many riders said there weren't any facilities where they could legally ride and that riding in state forests or privately owned land was the only choice they had.
President of the Curtis Coast trail riders club Josh O'Donohue said Queensland trail bike riders were unable to get recreational licences which other states offered.
“In some of the other states you are allowed to ride unregistered trail bikes in state forests on a recreational licence,” Mr O'Donohue said.
“Trail bike riders used to be able to ride in bushland around this area without any problems, but a lot of the places where they used to ride have now turned into housing estates and developments,” he said.
The Curtis Coast trail riders club are trying to organise monthly trail rides at Lowmead.
“Our club revolves around families and we encourage parents to bring their kids along.
“We want to get together as a community and grow the club, we are currently in talks with the Gladstone Regional Council to develop a master plan to expand the Benaraby Motorsports Club.
“We have a world-standard track at Benaraby and riders can be aged from four to 70 or older and can ride to their own level, be it as an amateur or to develop a career in motorsports.”
Parents have also been urged to take responsibility when buying motorbikes for their teenagers.
Parents should ensure that their children have somewhere safe and legal to ride and not just buy them the bike and leave them to their own devices.
One trail bike rider who only wanted to be identified as Dan said anywhere they could ride legally would be good.
“We usually ride in the state forest, but when we see the cops coming we have to leave, which ruins the day for us,” he said.
“The only place we can ride legally is at the Benaraby track, but I don't feel confident enough to race and they have only held one practice day since December.”