Quading on city trails in Alberni a no-no

Quad and dirt bike riders will face up to $2,000 fines if they are caught riding on city trails in Alberni.

Quad and dirt bike riders will face up to $2,000 fines if they are caught riding on city trails, Parks And Recreation manager Scott Kenny said.

Kenny made the announcement at council’s Oct. 28 meeting.

Parks and rec staff have been receiving complaints over the last two months about the riders and damage they do to the trails, he said.

Most of the complaints have to do with the trail behind the old Alberni District Secondary School on Burde Street which comes out behind the new subdivision on Carrier Road.

The trail is part of the Dry Creek ravine system, Kenny said. “We get complaints about them on other trails but this one seems to be popular with them.”

The trail wasn’t made for quadding, Kenny said. The riders travel fast, chewing up the ground and spraying it off the path. “It creates a maintenance issue because our staff has to go in there and keep material on the track.”

The fine is stiff, Kenny said. “But if people want to ride quads then they can go somewhere else and do it.”

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