Just a couple of things that came across my computer screen while researching fire risks posed by motocross tracks - if you're wondering, the general consensus seems to be "high".
And then, on Molalla Blog I found a long and sad story about what it is like live near a motocross track. If you want an idea of how many people are out there combing the internet for material on motocross tracks, Molalla has had 62,478 "hits". This little blog has had 1,110 hits in six weeks. I hope not to be writing about motocross in the Lockyer 61,000 hits from now.
The following are just a few excerpts from the blog.
"In essence, the lack of code enforcement, the total disregard Thomas
has shown for the land and the lives of the people who surround the
site, Thomas’s failure to get permits before creating a
facility and the fact that this “park” has already been commercially
promoted now has created a state of high anxiety between local residents
and the motocross users. Thomas has no connection to the local
community since he lives in Happy Valley instead of at the subject
The tension and fear caused by the motocross users has completely
changed the way local residents must live their lives. The culture of
commercial motocross is not conducive to the safety, piece of mind,
commercial farm/forest activities and the general well being of local
long time residents."
"All of the neighbors I have met are distressed about the years they have
had to endure the noise, dust, trash, worries about fire and general
disruption to their legal farm/forest activities due to the motocross
track in their midst. Rural people like to spend lots of time outdoors,
especially in the dry months, now families hesitate to invite visitors
over for summer events for fear of being subjected to noise and dust.
Families can’t trust the safety of children playing in the woods and
fields adjoining tracks; if the motocross “fans’ are willing to verbally
abuse and menace neighbors, what might they do to children or adults
who confront them if trespassing should occur? Given the camping with up
to 250 site users/4 days week proposed by Thomas, and the location near
private adjoining woods and fields that aren’t readily visible from
owners’ residences, there is little doubt that “camping” use would
eventually spill over fence lines as park “users” seek new grounds to
"I contacted numerous other Counties about existing motocross
facilities and it is obvious that even permitted facilities have on
going problems with complaints from neighbors. The growing piles of
complaints against Mr. Thomas, including the finding of “guilty” on a
noise violation in May, prove that the community would have little faith
in Mr. Thomas’s interest in complying with “conditions, and that the
community would further endanger itself by having to serve as the
conditional use code “police’ in a place far from the offices of code
enforcement, agency reps, and the Sheriff.
The August 5, 2010 “Findings and Final Order” for the Thomas Noise Control Citation No. 10-2531 noted “five pages of CCOM detail reports showing numerous complaints of noise” on the Thomas property – yet Thomas, who failed to appear, sent a message that he was “not aware of the noise ordinance”."
"... it is clear that MX has been poisoning its own well around the world for years."