Country parks are no place for motorbikes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 February, 1994, 12:00am

I VERY much enjoy rambling in our country parks, which are surely a spectacular asset to the territory.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Department has my vote of gratitude for its continued clearance of my favourite trails.

On Lunar New Year's Day, I was out in my favourite bit of the countryside, east of Wu Kau Tang, and found that our small party was sharing the trails with several dozen motorbikers. They were in sight most of the day, in different groups on different trails, clearly experienced on these trails and well organised with large trucks to transport the bikes.

This is by no means the first time I've encountered motorbikes out and about in the parks. On Kai Keung Leng the grassed (and vulnerable) slopes of the mountain are ribbed with tracks which are well used and heavily rutted.

I personally believe that these activities are quite inappropriate in the parks. They destroy the trails, damage the hill slopes, and are a noisy and unpleasant intrusion to the peace of the countryside.

May I ask the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries (a) what the law is, and more importantly, (b) what his policy is in respect of motorbikes using the trails. From the forestry lookout near Fan Shui Au his staff could have not failed to notice the Lunar New Year's Day bikers' outing, but perhaps the post was not manned on that day.

Moving down the scale, may I also ask where mountain (pedal) bikes stand? Are they permitted on the trails? There has been a quantum increase in the numbers out in the parks and along the trails, and whilst the damage done so far is not great, the evidence is there.