Vandals don’t represent bikers

Another front-page story about the destruction wrought by evil bikers (“Getting back to nature,” April 27). Well, I’m a dirt bike rider and I have nothing but disdain for the small proportion of riders who trespass and cause problems. We “bikers” are offended by the vandalism and other criminal acts – these things put our sport in serious jeopardy. Furthermore, I guarantee you that the illegal dumping of trash is not being done by off-road vehicle users.

If the owners of the private property on 116th Street want to close it off, they have that right and deserve our respect. By the way, “The Pit” is a term coined by The Herald. I’ve never heard any rider call 116th Street “The Pit.”

The downside of this closure is that the trouble-makers have moved to public property. Since the closure of 116th Street, similar problems have started to occur on my property (public land).

The entire off road community (off-road vehicles, motorcycles, 4WD and ATV) are united in calling for increased law enforcement on state managed land. We have set up Forest Watch programs and we will catch the “punks”. The final key to the solution is for the prosecuting attorney to prosecute the crimes.

The off-road vehicle community is also involved by cleaning up the mess the punks leave behind. There are clean up parties scheduled for the Walker Valley and Reiter riding areas. Reiter is being scoured today, and Walker Valley will be on Oct. 27. We’ll haul out several dumpsters full of trash left by others.

I invite all to come out and see bikers doing good. Maybe you’d like to lend a hand. Do you think the Reiter clean-up will be on the front page?


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