Commissioner supports track plan for bikers

After years of issues with rogue bikers riding recklessly on Cayman’s roads, police are taking a different approach. Officers escorted a convoy of motorcyclists on an islandwide rally Sunday that ended in West Bay, where a section of the road was closed to allow off-road bikers free rein to show off their skills.

Police hope that by helping to provide a legitimate outlet for bikers, they can curb the illegal activity.

“We are all pretty pleased with how it went,” Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne told the Compass on Monday.

“The organizers did what they said they would do and we did what we said we would do. They went around the island without any difficulty and those that came to the skills zone behaved themselves well within that area.”

Under the watchful gaze of a large contingent of police officers on Sunday, bikers performed stunts, pulled wheelies and screeched at speed across a smoke-filled roadway.

Mr. Byrne said Sunday’s accord did not mean police would be lenient toward bikers that broke traffic laws in future. He said illegal activity would be prosecuted, though police are keen to work with the biking fraternity.

“We are not trying to alienate any section of the community,” he said.

“There are a lot of young people out there that might get that adrenaline rush and not understand the gravity of the situation.”

He said closing a public road, as police did Sunday, would be a rare event.

But he hopes progress can be made with a track to give bikers an outlet for their hobby.

“There has been plans to build a park and I think that should continue apace,” he said.

“We are hoping that facility can be built for these young people to do their skills riding there, and stay off the roads and eliminate the risk to other road users.”

Police made one arrest Sunday for a rider discovered driving without a license.