A Friendly Warning to Off-Road Riders
Riding off-road vehicles is restricted within the City of Hesperia's city limits. City Ordinance Number 2004-21 prohibits the riding of off-road vehicles on public streets and right-of-ways and prohibits riding on private property without the written permission of the land owner.
Riders are also not allowed to operate a vehicle within 200 yards of an occupied building. Certain exemptions do apply such as those relating to farm vehicles, and violators may have their vehicles seized and forfeited.
Types of Off-Road VehiclesOff-road vehicles include:
- Motorized Scooters
- Pocket bikes
Three off-road racing parks are available in the Victor Valley:
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands at El Mirage Dry Lake
- Stoddard Valley (Barstow)
- Johnson Valley (Lucerne)
- Rasor Road (Baker)
- Dumont Dunes (north of Baker)
Regular PatrolsThe Hesperia Police Department regularly patrols the outskirts of the City and the various horse trails on dirt bikes in order to make sure that bikers are not breaking any sound, dust or speed laws.
Issues of Concern Raised by the Public
Over the past few years the number of resident complaints relating to off-road vehicles, and the associated dust and noise issues that accompanies the operation of them, have risen steadily. Most of this is due to the rapid increase in development of areas typically used for recreational vehicles.
On July 7, 2004, the City Council heard a multitude of citizens’ concerns, and the residents demanded that the Council act to protect them. Concerns included:
- Dust and noise issues
- Young children riding pocket bikes and motorized scooters in public right-of-ways
- Property damage
- Loss of property values
- Proliferation of pocket bikes
- Numerous safety concerns