Danger on our roads
DESPITE claiming the life of one Waterview Heights man and seriously injuring another, motorised pushbikes appear to be growing in popularity in Grafton.
That may soon change, with police about to launch a crackdown on the illegal vehicles.
Motorised bike kits can be purchased online for as little as $235 and, when attached to cheap imported pushbikes, can achieve speeds of nearly 60kmh, but many Grafton residents have had a gutful of the noisy cycles.
“We have received heaps of complaints recently about the noise and the dangerous way in which they are being ridden,” Sergeant Dallas Leven of the Grafton Highway Patrol said.
“If a bike can be propelled by a motor only, they are illegal and cannot be ridden on the road or footpath.
“The exception here is for mobility scooters and this is where people are exploiting a perceived loophole.
“But there is no loophole.
“Riders of these modified bikes face fines for riding an unregisterable vehicle on the road (or footpath) which is an on-the-spot $516 fine and an additional $516 for riding an uninsured vehicle on a road.”
A horrific crash more than two years ago between two motorised cycles in Ryan St, South Grafton, killed one rider and left the other with major injuries.
The Waterview Heights men, aged 25 and 41 at the time, were engulfed in flames when their bikes, which were similar to the one pictured, collided shortly before midnight on September 10, 2008.
The 41-year-old died in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital almost two months later.