Riders a threat to parkland, residents

A resident’s photo of a trail bike rider on Ferndale Crescent.
A resident’s photo of a trail bike rider on Ferndale Crescent.

Mrs Stone said people caught riding illegally through the Canning River Regional Park should have their bikes crushed and face hefty fines.

‘The sad thing is that most of them are teenagers whose parents are buying these bikes for them,’ she said.

‘Parents should face hefty fines and the bikes should be crushed as with hoon cars.

‘They really are a pest.’

Mrs Stone said illegal trail bikes were a problem in Ferndale Flats and surrounding wetlands, causing damage to vegetation and putting at risk residents who use the paths.

‘They pose a huge danger to families, kids, cyclists and anyone else on the pathways. The rangers do their best to stop them but there is not much they can do to catch these hoons,’ she said.

Ferndale man Makk Eenhoorn urged residents not to turn a blind eye to trail bike riders ruining the rehabilitation efforts of volunteers in Ferndale Flats.

Mr Eenhoorn said every couple of days illegal trail bike riders disrupted the peace and damaged the area in the Canning River Regional Park off Ferndale Crescent.

‘Maybe it’s neighbours not wanting to dob each other in, but it’s up to everyone to not turn a blind eye,’ he said.

Canning Vale acting senior sergeant Simon Underwood said officers would patrol the area to discourage hoons and speak with the trail bikers and take appropriate action.

He said residents could call police on 131 444 to report information on offences.