Keeping the peace, with bike bars

Wonderful things about Waikawa Beach include the peace and quiet, and that it’s a safe place for pedestrians to stroll around, enjoying the environment.

Over the bridge is a (private) forest and wonderland of dunes to explore. It’s a great place for kids, and dogs especially. Thanks to the Walkers who own it for letting us all enjoy this space.

Waikawa River at the bridge.

Waikawa River at the bridge, looking north.

There’s nothing relaxing though about motorbikes roaring around in the area, tearing up sand and vegetation. Parents and dog owners worry that a bike will appear over a dune or around a corner without warning and run down their loved ones.

Waikawa Beach sign - private land, no vehicles.

Waikawa Beach sign – private land, no vehicles.

In an effort to keep motorbikes out there were bars across the bridge entrance, but they didn’t work very well.

In late February 2017 the Council removed those bars and installed new bars with an updated design.

Bridge bars, looking north, with bike.

Bridge bars, looking north, with bike.

The bars allow a narrow passage, wide enough for a bicycle but too narrow for a motorbike.

Bridge bars, with bike for size.

Bridge bars, with bike for size.

Pedestrians can still go through the middle or around the sides.

Bridge bars, from the bridge.

Bridge bars, from the bridge.

Thanks to the Council for helping protect the environment and the people who want to enjoy it in peace.

Do you have any feedback on the new bars? Are they working for you? Let us know in the comments.