Hellertown: ATVs causing nuisance
Hellertown resident Lee Weidner spoke Sept. 17, informing members of council there has recently been an influx of speeding motorized ATVs and bikers on Hellertown's portion of the Rails to Trails.
Weidner, who brought photographs along with him to show council, said he and borough Police Chief Robert Shupp believes the riders are from Bethlehem, and have been tearing up the roadway, creating divots and eluding police.
The group of younger individuals usually frequents the trail between 3:30 and 6 p.m. throughout the week, Weidner told council. Just recently, he said, he observed a woman pushing a stroller and a man walking a dog on a leash who both were nearly run over by an ATV.
"This is a clear case of public safety," he said. "I've observed incidents of close encounters between walkers and bikers and walkers with their doggies."
Weidner added Hellertown police officers dispatched to the area have done a very good job."The five or six police officers who have responded have been very gracious and helpful with the speeders," he said. "Hopefully more people from council and the mayor will be able to observe speeders."
The issue for officers has been catching the offenders, Shupp said, and told council he may install a gate at the Bethlehem border to deter riders from entering Hellertown's area of the trail.