The Gold Coast hinterland isn’t the only motorcycle nirvana where residents have complained about noise and high-speed riding.
It occurs in many areas where riders congregate to ride scenic and challenging roads, spending their money at local restaurants, hotels and cafes which support the local economy.
In one incidence last year residents of Mt Mee rebelled against what they called hoon behaviourcalling for concealed surveillance cameras, point-to-point speed cameras, more 60km/h zones, traffic claiming, fluorescent speed signs, TruCAM laser speed guns fitted in police patrol cars and for police to confiscate helmet cameras for evidence of hooning.
The result has been that Woodford Police continue to conduct ongoing patrols and crackdowns on the popular mountain road.
We can appreciate the concerns of residents angry about illegal activity. However, there is little sympathy for people who move to an area where riders are known to gather, then complain about riders’ legal activity because it annoys them.
However, if some riders don’t respect the peace of local residents, they will spoil it for the majority of responsible riders with an increase in police presence.
MRAQ president Chris Mearns replied to Joolie’s email saying they had passed on her concerns but pointed out that the roads were public.
“As far as we are currently aware motorcycle ownership and riding is still a legal practice in the wonderful state of Queensland so we will watch with interest your attempts to have it ‘banned from the mountain’,” he says n his reply.
“Please note that as a representative organisation for the hundreds of thousands of Queensland motorcyclists and their rights we would work actively to resist any attempt to ban the legal operation of this motor vehicle type in any part of the state.
“As requested, your email with included threat to attempt to have your area excluded from the same rights as the rest of the state will be passed onto all motorcyclists for their consideration.”