Concerns about motorbikes in Zwavelpoort

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Residents living on plots in Zwavelpoort are concerned about off-road motorbikes speeding in their neighbourhood.

The main problem is in Achilles Street, near Saal Street.

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André Erasmus, who lives on one of the plots, said the last five years have been especially problematic.

“This road is a public access road and off-road motorbikes are not allowed to drive here.”

He said the motorbikes were loud and drivers did not adhere to the speed limit.

Erasmus said he was concerned that the bikers used the road as a race track even though there were designed race tracks for the purpose of off-road riding.

The Rhino Park MX in Rayton is one such track.

Erasmus said he is scared for the bikers’ safety as they may hit trees when travelling at a high speed.

“I am not talking about all the motorbikes, just unlicensed, off-road bikes.”

Erasmus said a Tshwane metro police vehicle went out to the area on Sunday to monitor the situation.

“There were only two bikers on this road so it seems as if the word got out.”

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An Enduro rider, who asked to remain anonymous, said there was no where else to practice than Rhino Park.

“We ride responsibly. We never drive faster then 110km an hour.”

He said bikers only used Achilles Street to get to the mountains where they practice.

“We drive past the plots twice on a day, once when we go there [to the mountains] and once when we come back.”

“Yes, there are one or two bad apples, like children who got BMX bikes for Christmas, but we are sorting them out.”

According to the biker, most of the riders were between 30 and 60 years old.

“They are adults practicing the sport responsibly. We know how to drive. One of our tires costs up to R2 000, we will not deliberately mess it up.”

He said Rhino Park was too far for the riders to go there every day.

“Many weekends they have races there, which means that we cannot practice. We need to be heard as well, because through the sport we are bringing an international audience to South Africa.”

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“We as a riding community are willing to resolve this issue. We will try to find the one or two riders who are not sticking to the rules. We will also be willing to find alternative ways to go to the mountain. We want to solve this.”

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