Ministry: No Final Decision On ATV Proposal Yet

February 8, 2018 | 19 Comments

The Ministry of Public Works has “yet to make a final decision regarding the ATV proposal,” the Government said today.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Public Works has yet to make a final decision regarding the ATV proposal. Once a decision has been made the Minister will update the public accordingly.”

Back in October 2017, the Ministry of Public Works started a consultation, seeking the public’s comments “regarding a proposed change of the use to the Bermuda Railway Trail Park in the protected areas of Scaur Hill Fort Park and Hog Bay Park.

“The changes to the Railway Trail are in consideration of a proposal for a private entity to conduct all-terrain vehicle or ATV tours throughout the western section of the Bermuda Railway Trail Park – specifically Scaur Hill Fort Park and Hog Bay Park,” they said at that time.

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  1. No CHance says:

    Not allowed vehicles over 50CC on the railway trail unless you live on it. Tyres will be slashed in the middle of tours. will not be good! Lets go see if we can find the ATV’s tonight and pour sugar or eggs in the gas tanks. Don’t let them proceed.

    • john says:

      did you do that when they introduced jetskis? or are they your friends businesses.

      • Hmm says:

        Jet skis are totally different lmao. What are you even saying. You can’t compare jet skis on open water to ATVs on a narrow railway trail that other members of the Bermuda public also use regularly. No business should so openly disrupt everyone else’s lives simply so they can make a profit. If that’s the case the business owner should pay compensation to everyone who lives on the railway trail.

        Also agree with above poster. Allow these things to come onto the trail and trust me people will take things into their own hands. Second the eggs in gas tank idea lol

        • Hmm says:

          Does the PLP even listen to the people of Bermuda like they claim they do? People are saying NO. The people have spoke so it’s a resounding NOOOOO. I don’t care if these things are on the island. The business owner shouldn’t have put the cart before the horse. Let him take the loss for not properly going about setting up a business properly. Business class 101 do your research, does the market want it and what impacts will I have? Tourists already have other options of exploring the railway trail that are a lot less obstructive and the Bermudian people for the most part don’t want it. No no no

      • Sara says:

        The fact that you are actually comparing the two shows how silly you are.

  2. Family Man says:

    No final decision …. but they’re here so what do you think that decision is going to be?

    It will probably be announced on Friday night.

  3. john says:

    did any of you read the proposal on the ATV’s before saying no…They are not high powered motocross atv’s, they are not noisey, they wont ruin the railway trail because the railway trail is mostly asphalt, they wont ruin the parks because the trails are already there from tractors and other parks vehicles that drive on them. Its a tour not a motocross race, so they wont be a danger to any users walking on the trails anymore then pedal cyclest are. I can recall all the negative feedback from locals about the twizzies too, now I see everyone running out to rent them smiling. Open ya minds to something new for tourist to do on this boring island, the rest of the world has all these very same tours and no I dont have any stake or relation to this topic but im all for having viable options.

  4. Warwick West says:

    I also voted NO for this. The fact that they have been sighted is not a good sign I agree. However destroying property is not the answer either. There is enough persons against this that a significant public voice will quickly be heard if the tide turns against the ‘no’ people. Lets see what the decision is and then take appropriate, legal steps IMO.

  5. Dready says:

    Bad idea to allow this new concept.Bad bad idea. The trails are the only peaceful places left in our concrete jungle.

  6. Micro says:

    If they can repeal gay marriage in the name of popular opinion, they need to deny this proposal as well. The majority of residents the island over have been against the plan.

  7. Triangle Drifter says:

    I have been in many a US National Park. Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Glacier, Denali, Yosemite, Canyonlands, Sequoia, Mt St Helens, Arcadia, Smokey Mountains, Redwoods, Rocky Mountain, Big Bend, Mt Rainier, Crater Lake, Arches & others. Besides use for work by staff ATV tours are not available in any of them except Canyonlands which is vast & has very few paved roads.

    Why? Because the National Parks are to be preserved for wildlife & people. But what do I know. I live in the eastern part of the Island so my opinion does not matter on two counts.

  8. Oh,I see now says:

    Giving away simple common sense ,one stupid idea at a time.I guess Marley was right ,”it’s just a part of it ,we got to fulfill the book.”

    Look around you,it’s scary when you think about it.

  9. Rocky5 says:

    This sounds like fun. Hope they approve them before Tourist season starts.

  10. I have a pogo stick tour and have no compunction to totally ignore any need from anybody except the gals /gal I take on tour…I advertise overseas simply because I get more bang for my buck.
    And let me just tell u sumthin …Ahmmah banging!

  11. Bill says:

    I’m not against atvs but just need to find a better location for the tour. The railway trail always has visitors and locals using it for a place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. There are also other businesses using it for cycle tours during the summer months which may conflict with the atvs tours being offered. My suggestion for the atv tours is to have them at Maria Hill Dockyard, Alton hill or maybe even the open spaces by Ferry reach Martello tower. Other reasons is that the proposed tour takes them on the main road which will also cause delays and increase congestion maybe an accident. On other note I have issues with jetski tours now. I own a jetski and it is a fun vehicle to have but there is an overwhelming number of jetskis being registered for tours in the Westend. So much that on any given day with a tour having 6 or 7 jetskis per tour operator it is dangerous to the boating community. The tours with those seven jetskis can span almost a mile long in single file with some peoples first time operating a jetski. Now add 3 more tours to the mix in Mangrove bay or outside dockyard and you have an accident waiting to happen.

  12. Hmmm says:

    But… The ATV’s are (so I hear) all nicely lined up on the Government property that was the Bus Terminal behind the Somerset Police Station….

    Why are they even allowed off the docks?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Why are they stored on public property? Paying storage fees I hope. Can I drop off my stuff there to be stored?

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