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Honda Supports SEQ's Move To Improve Trail Bike Riding Areas

October 24th, 2008

Honda Australia says the commitment made by South East Queensland's (SEQ) Council of Mayors this week to improve trail bike riding opportunities is a huge step forward in meeting the needs of the growing numbers of enthusiasts in the area.

The mayors have agreed to establish a dedicated Trail Bike Taskforce to identify several key locations in the region that could be used for recreational trail bike facilities, then work out what is needed to get them up-and-running promptly.

"This is very exciting news," said Honda Australia's General Manager, Motorcycles, Tony Hinton.

"We have been lobbying wherever we can for some time with various state bodies to work on providing key areas that are properly managed, and take into account all of the key stakeholders in the area."

"This means having safe riding areas that can adequately provide for all members of the family who enjoy the sport, whilst ensuring the neighbouring land owners are not unduly disrupted."

According to SEQ, they will be sourcing large sites located near main roads but in rural areas outside the urban footprint. These may include old quarries and those areas already identified through previous processes, but never acted upon for whatever reason.

"It is encouraging to see a body such as SEQ seriously look at building infrastructure for motorcyclists just as they do for other sporting bodies in their local communities," Mr Hinton said.

"We have also seen similar initiatives undertaken by the Department of Sustainability in Victoria, and with the number of motorcyclists only getting bigger each year, these kinds of programs are clearly needed."

The new taskforce will be headed by Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Cr Steve Jones. It will consist of elected representatives and officers from throughout SEQ. The State Government will also be invited to participate. The first meeting will be held in Brisbane in mid-November.

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