Plea to prevent more stunt bike madness

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SAFETY campaigners are calling for action to be taken over the use of stunt bikes on main roads.

Members of Brighouse Road Safety Committee feel the bikes are a real danger for the youngsters who are often seen riding them along busy main roads in the Brighouse area to Wellholme Park.

Brighouse councillor Howard Blagbrough (Con) said he wanted people to be aware of the dangers and use them in the appropriate places. “The potential dangers these bikes can cause is great and the consequences can be serious and cause injuries beyond belief. Luckily no one has been seriously injured in the area which I am relieved about but the increase in the volume of these bikes is becoming a little bit concerning,” he said.

“I want people to think about the dangers these bikes could cause not only to the rider but other people too. Some of them are not road worthy and should not be used on a road without adequate brakes.”

Chairman of the committee, Ann Rutherford, said it was only a matter of time before there was a fatality as far as the bikes were concerned. “I appreciate that they are fun when in the right environment but the trouble is the children are riding them to the race tracks instead of pushing them. These bikes are dangerous and shouldn’t be on the road.”

The safety call comes after one of their members, Helen Moon, witnessed first hand the dangers of youngsters riding the bikes when she had to deliver first aid to a teenager who had come off his bike in Smithy Carr Lane.

The rider, a 13-year-old, was thrown from his bike and according to the police suffered minor injuries.

Mrs Moon now wants action to be taken. “These bikes shouldn’t be on the road. Why are people turning a blind eye to the children when they are on such a dangerous means of transport? These bikes are more like toys they should be in the park and they should walk with them and just use them on the ramps,” she said.

Mrs Moon has since seen more youngsters riding these bikes both in the town centre and along Smithy Carr Lane. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this lad riding down Smithy Carr and he was slowing the bike down by putting his foot on the back tyre. I just don’t want it happening to anyone else.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “If we do see youths on the bikes then we will speak to them and get them off the road and give them the appropriate advice.”