Council revisits ATV ordinance

Council revisits ATV ordinance

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Trib

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Mar 11, 2013
Watcher

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Mar 11, 2013
"McCall said he hopes to work flexibility into the ordinance that would allow people to do what they want with their own property, noting that a neighborhood dispute escalated to a citywide ban that in a way punishes people who were not upsetting neighbors in other parts of town."

Finally a voice of reason and calling it the way it is.

"Walker-Montgomery, who said last month that she approved the ban with the understanding that revisions would be made in coming months, said she wants a clearly defined zone where ATV and dirt bike riding would be permissible."

Though I applaud her thinking "out of the box", she clearly has no idea what is involved in doing something like this.

"Walker-Montgomery suggested putting a price tag on the designated land's use by requiring permits or licenses to ride."

A good idea, actually. A way to bring people and $$ to the city. The only rub is finding an expanse of property in McKeesport large enough to house something like this. People will not pay to ride around in circles.

"Solicitor J. Jason Elash said a designated area would require site preparation and insurance to cover potential rider injury."

ATV riders are required to have insurance and plates from the state. The insurance issue is MOOT, provided that "riders ride at their own risk, dangers exist within, property owner is not responsible for any injuries" is posted.

"Tedesco said a residential-only ban would not satisfy concerns of the McKeesport Trail Commission and regional trail groups that say motorized recreational vehicles are damaging trails and land surrounding them."

This guy is asleep at the wheel.

Hey Tedesco...THERE ARE ALREADY LAWS IN PLACE COVERING ILLEGAL TRESPASSING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!!! The trails are posted private property that allow certain public activities. Motorized vehicles ARE ALREADY FORBIDDEN THERE. If you can't enforce that, what good is yet another law going to do? LOL

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