The solution to the problem of motorcyclists performing stunts on the nation’s roads may be as simple as finding a venue for them to safely do their manoeuvres.
This is the view of avid rider Chad Hazlewood, who represented the motorcycling community at the recent launch of Road Safety Month, hosted by the Barbados Road Association, at their Rendezvous, Christ Church headquarters.
He believes such an endeavour could blossom into a revenue earner like the X Games, which has grown in popularity worldwide.
“It is a simple case of these youngsters being hyped and exhilarated about the motorcycles because, after all, it is an adrenaline rush. Now I have a 1,000 cc motorcycle; my adrenaline rush comes from just moving forward. These youngsters that go on the road wheelieing have a lighter machine, which is not really speed oriented, so they have to do a whole lot more to get that rush,” he sought to explain.
“These youngsters need an opportunity to have a showcase in a particular area. I firmly believe that having a dirt track would solve the problem.”
However, the bike enthusiast acknowledged that the behaviour of a few lawless riders is putting the entire riding community at risk, as drivers tend to treat all bikers as nuisances rather than fellow road users.
“In anything, there is always a minority who make bad for others. Just like there are good drivers and bad drivers, there are good motorcyclists and bad ones; that is something we can’t get away from. However, an entire community should not be stained by the actions of a few,” he said.
In a plea to road users to be mindful of riders, Hazlewood added: “Every single person on a motorcycle is not a threat or a nuisance; they are actually persons who are loved by families.”