Regarding the Use of Off-Road Recreational Dirt Bikes & ATVís on
Town-owned Open Space in Hanover
The Town of Hanover
has several town-owned Open Space parcels that are managed as Public
Conservation Land. These
properties are open for passive recreation and activities such hiking,
jogging, nature study, horseback riding, and fishing. No motorized
vehicles are allowed except in the parking areas. This includes the use of
motorized dirt bikes and ATVís.
There have been
several recent reports by Hanover residents of motorized bikes and ATVís
on town-owned Open Space trails. These incidents have been reported to the
Police, the Conservation Commission, and to the Open Space Committee. In
addition to the noise issue, some of the town trails have been
significantly altered by riding activities, and rutted and impassible
trails are becoming more common on these properties.
In an effort to
educate the community about the Open Space regulations and to end the
riding on these trails, the Police, the Conservation Department, and the
Open Space Committee will be coordinating an education and enforcement
effort in the town. Signs will be posted on Open Space trail entrances,
newspapers will be contacted, and every effort will be made to educate
riders and their parents about the prohibition of this activity on
town-owned open space. If
these efforts are successful, there should be a reduction in the use of
these motorized vehicles. If
this approach is not successful in ending this activity, the Police
Department will be increasing their enforcement activities, including the
issuing of tickets and confiscating bikes and ATVís.
There are legal riding
trails in Southeastern MA that are maintained by the MA Dept. of
Conservation & Recreation. These are located in Freetown/Fall River
and in Wrentham/Franklin. For more information on these sites and to learn
more about registering ORVís, riding season dates, age restrictions,
etc., visit the MASS.Gov website and type in Off-Road Vehicle Rules and
Regulations and then click on Dept. of Conservation & Recreation.
There is a section on ORVís.
Please click the link below to read the Department of Conservation and Recreation website on the state's website.
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Last modified: July 10, 2009