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Council encourages bikers to keep forests safe

21 November 2016

Due to the high number of quad bikes and motorbikes reported using forest areas such as Iniscarn, Derrynoid and Moydamlaght Forests, Mid Ulster District Council are working with the PSNI’s Magherafelt Neighbourhood Policing Team to make it safer for users of the forests and to prevent disturbance to neighbouring properties and land.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, is urging all quad and motorbike riders to respect others’ use of the forest areas by avoiding riding on the trails saying,  “Machine noise has a ‘character’ and these types of vehicles can sometimes emit a real ‘bark’ that seems to carry a long way. This has a direct bearing on the proximity of places like our forests to wildlife and livestock habitation sites, and in addition to which are places where people will be out enjoying the open air.

“The safety of users is paramount and the forest trails are not designed for vehicles such as these, so not only are walkers and other users of the trails put in danger, the riders themselves may be injured.”

Mid Ulster District Council is erecting signage to inform quad and motorbike riders that access to the forest sites at Iniscarn, Derrynoid and Moydamlaght is not permitted, and will continue to monitor the areas.

Constable Mark McGarry, of the PSNI’s Magherafelt Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “The safety of those using these public access areas is of upmost importance to us and we are working with Mid Ulster District Council to ensure that quad bike and motorbike use is not irresponsible and is kept to the appropriate areas.”

If you have any concerns about the use of trails, contact the Parks service, Mid Ulster District Council, on 03000 132 132 or email parks@midulstercouncil.org

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