Complaints, safety has Deer Lake council mulling dirt bike ban

Jamie Bennett
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Deer Lake Coun. Elmo Bingle, right, speaks during Monday’s regular council meeting in Deer Lake. Coun. Amanda Freake is also pictured.

Deer Lake council may soon be forced to take action to curb the rise of dangerous dirk bike usage within the community.

That’s the message from Coun. Elmo Bingle, who spoke about the issue during Tuesday’s regular council meeting.  

Bingle said council has fielded a growing number of complaints about users driving unregistered dirt bikes on town roads this year, complaints he admits the town is taking seriously.

“It’s causing issues for the residents and for the RCMP as well,” Bingle told The Western Star after the meeting.

“We realize that the RCMP can’t chase them and neither can our town police, because these people can flick off the road at any time.”

With this in mind, Bingle urged residents to adhere to town policies regarding the use of vehicle and, if needing to cross a road when moving between trails, to do so safely.

He said dangerous usage of the bikes is an issue throughout the town and some users as young as 11 or 12 years old have been seen doing tricks and stunts.

It’s reached the point, Bingle said, that council might be left with no alternative but to make a bylaw banning the use of dirt bikes within town limits altogether.  

“When you’re doing wheelies on pavement when there’s traffic, you’re taking a risk yourself,” he said. “We’re asking people to at least be respectful to the residents of Deer Lake.”

Organizations: Deer Lake council, RCMP

Geographic location: Western Star, Deer Lake

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  • Richard Dewey
    June 12, 2014 - 07:13

    We complain about our kids spending too much time on their Comps/phones and games at home and now we want to take away a reason for them to be outside. Ride Safe should be the message not Don't Ride. Why don't the town and RCMP offer our kids a safe operating course and permote these outdoor activities.

  • Dylan Lavers
    June 11, 2014 - 13:06

    we have nothing in the town of deer lake to do other than hang out with friends and loiter around business... ( no business likes it when people loiter ).i personally as a dirt bike /ATV rider think we should be able to ride on the shoulder of the road at a maximum of 25-30 km speed limit without registration or licence. because some of us cant afford a brand new bikes, and have to buy used bikes that don't come with paper work 95% of us go slow on the roads to get to curtain areas such as a sand/gravel pit or fields of some sort unlike other people that i personally know using dirt bikes and ATV's to sell drugs to other people because there losers that don't have their licence .There are several drug dealers/abusers that live near me and they get away with riding recreational vehicles to sell drugs all the time. Dirt Bike/ATV riding is a passion to most of us riders... The same as other adults that ride big motorcycles such as dual purpose and cruisers and lean over bikes. Don't take it away from us that ride recreational vehicles and use it for what its made for unlike others that don't i think if u gave us some responsibility in this that it could be salved.

  • Dylan Lavers
    June 11, 2014 - 11:07

    we have nothing in the town of deer lake to do other than hang out with friends and loiter around business... ( no business like it when people loiter ).i personally as a dirt bike /ATV rider think we should be able to ride on the shoulder of the road at a maximum of 25-30 km speed limit without registration or licence. because some of us cant afford a brand new bike and have to buy used bikes that don't come with paper work 95% of us go slow on the roads to get to curtain areas such as a sand/gravel pit or fields of some sort unlike other people that i personally know using dirt bikes and ATV's to sell drugs to other people because there losers that don't have their licence .There several drug dealers/abusers that live near me and they get away with riding recreational vehicles to sell drugs all the time. Dirt Bike/ATV riding is a passion to most of us riders... The same as other adults that ride big motorcycles such as dual purpose and cruisers and lean over bikes. don't take it away from us that ride recreational vehicles and use it for what its made for like others that don't i think if u gave us some responsibility in this that it could be salved.

  • Bonnie
    June 10, 2014 - 21:09

    I think if the town held a meeting for bikers and parents and discussed the issues with them it maybe of some benefit. Maybe if the kids were given a little responsibility they would be more respectful of the issues at hand and maybe some suggestions could be offered by both sides. This town offers very little for our young people and they are just trying to have a little fun maybe if someone spoke to them instead of about them some progress could be made. I have to bikers and I know they would appreciate the oppertunity to have a voice.

  • jerry
    June 10, 2014 - 17:34

    Mr. Bingle should go back to Labrador

  • squires
    June 10, 2014 - 11:01

    thank you councilor Bingle for bringing this issue to council. The kids on the loose driving without adult supervision are getting younger, thus it is becoming more dangerous. The are driving beside you on the railway bed, driving on 1 wheel,

    • Evan Langdon
      June 10, 2014 - 11:56

      Squires. Are the "kids" (adults do it just as much) on the railway bed doing anything wrong? I think it's called the Trans Canada TRAIL for a reason. It's within town limits but the last time I checked it wasn't a public roadway it was still the trans Canada trail. I don't see anything on here about wheely's on the tct. www.tctrail.ca

    • gord
      June 10, 2014 - 21:42

      I agree, this is a serious problem and happening everywhere. In GFW on the rail bed it's epidemic, extremely loud machines with young unconcerned drivers at fast speeds spinning sod, gravel & stones all over the place.

  • offdarock
    June 10, 2014 - 10:12

    sounds like a good job for the town cop. im sure he knows everyone by now in such a small town, visit the homes and talk to the parents, if the violaters are caught, confiscate the bikes; but don't punish the 95% of young people who actuallt listen to their parents and abide by the rules for their own safety and the safety of others, it is no different than ATV's and snowmobiles, it is good for business to have this type of recreation outlet, i hope it gets resolved without harsh results. thanks to the young people who had the comments here also

  • Concerned Mom
    June 10, 2014 - 09:57

    I completely agree with Evan, you can't punish all kids for a few! I have boys who LOVE to ride their dirt bikes, but they a fully protected and are warned about the rules of the road. They also tell their friends to be respectful of property owners and citizens. There are many responsible riders in our town. Why are you trying to take away their enjoyment?! There are many more terrible things they could be doing than enjoying the outdoors!! Maybe all of us parents should show up at the next council meeting!!!

  • Evan Langdon
    June 10, 2014 - 09:54

    AND cars going around town doing a hundred. I'm pretty sure a dirtbike thats doing fifty is a lot more maneuverable than a car doing a hundred

  • Evan Langdon
    June 10, 2014 - 09:44

    Also what about all the people on side by sides and quads? They go fast and make noise too.

  • Evan Langdon
    June 10, 2014 - 09:42

    There are dirt bikers in town not mature enough to respect the regulations, and sure police can't chase them, but I'm sure if they would ask around they would find who they are looking for. I've been talking to all of my riding buddies telling them to be safe and quiet when they are using roads, especially because we are not supposed to be on public roads at all but you can't punish an entire town of dirt bikers for just a few people being idiots on the roads. Those who are speeding and doing "stunts" on the roads should be dealt with, but should be dealt with individually instead of all together getting rid of my generation of guys' favorite past time.

  • Cody Williams
    June 10, 2014 - 09:40

    Last i heard, it was illegal for cops to chase riders on a offroad vehicle, as it "puts their lives in danger" . Also, what about all of us who stay off the roads? Stop chasing dirtbikes and do something productive for a change, like dealing with the recent break ins.

    • Regan
      June 10, 2014 - 12:30

      How about instead of the town whining and complaining they spend there time doing something more productive. I understand people being idiots suck but instead of calling the cops and stuff for us riding down the road, leave us alone. We're outside doing something active, why don't the cops and town of dl spend there time fixing the roads or worrying about the break ins... Instead of riders as a whole.