I’m one of probably many Whitehorse residents who are unfortunate to reside next to an ATV Autobahn. Many people who live along North Range Road are being subjected to noise levels which belong out on race tracks, with no regard to time of day, age, or speed, winter, spring, or fall. It’s not uncommon to see these riders reach speeds in excess of 100 kilometres an hour within 10 metres of our properties. Some of these machines are fitted with engines which produce more horsepower than the average family car. Check out the land that has been affected.
A great many folks who are pet walkers also frequent the same area and are often blatantly harassed by “recreationists” disguised in blacked-out face and head helmets. One has to wonder who has the right of way. Here we only assume that road rules apply. Reports of clashes are not uncommon to our constabulary officers. It is ridiculous to think that one constable out on patrol is going to make a noticeable difference in our spread-out city. I feel that our officials have let this situation spin out of control, to a point where it may take a small army of enforcement personnel to stop this abuse at our expense. I personally think that passing new legislation is only going to be the beginning of a costly endeavour. Will a fining system and/or confiscation compensate the taxpayer?
The evidence of ATV abuse is also a major concern in all Yukon communities and throughout many wilderness areas. Trails Only Yukon has some disheartening photos of the latter. In the March 2. Whitehorse Star editor’s page, Richard Cherepak’s comments are well put. People who are aware and have concerns should take the time to voice their views before things get anymore out of hand. This is one reader’s opinion.