It's the riders, not the bikes

21:49, Jan 16 2013
quad stand
Police investigate a quad bike accident in Wairau in which one adult was taken to hospital. A spate of accidents, some fatal, have raised again the issue of quad bike use.

It strikes me as strange that everyone is so quick to condemn farm bikes, when it's obviously the people trying to ride them.

I grew up on a farm that had three and four-wheelers.

My dad was a patron of the Taranaki ATV Club when it was going and also instructed people how to safely ride these bikes.

quad stand
Police investigate a quad bike accident near Wairau. One adult was taken to hospital. A spate of accidents, some fatal, has reignited debate about quad bike use.

He taught us to respect the bikes, as the bikes are unforgiving and if you fall it will roll on you.

Reading and seeing where these people were riding is beyond me. We were taught that you use judgment as to where you will ride that bike. Don't ride on the side of a hill.

If there is any possibility that the bike may roll don't go there, find another way.

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When carrying passengers tell them to get off so you can safely get over the piece of ground you're not sure of.

It's easy to ride on a flat piece of paddock, but more difficult when there are hills or even rises.

You need to be aware of holes that may appear out of nowhere.

My children ride kids' ATVs and two-wheelers.

They always wear helmets and are taught to respect the bikes, and they are aware that it could kill them. Bad judgment and complete lack of common sense is what is killing people, not the bikes.

DEBBIE BARLOW

Stratford

Taranaki Daily News