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Motocrossers speak out for their sport, say they mean no harm to neighbors

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014

From left are Deanna Daniels, Zoey Daniels, James Daniels on his quad and his friend, Graceland. Motocrossers gather to ride. They sometimes ride in riverbeds where residential neighbors sometimes complain of the noise. Riders are making an effort to raise money for a North County track that could resolve tensions. Photo by Maddison Daniels/Submitted.

NORTH COUNTY — There’s a clash between rural homeowners and motocrossers with noise at the center of the conflict — homeowners spoke out recently; and this week it’s the riders.

Though the riders admit there are some who don’t respect their environment, most do, they say.

“Packing up the truck and heading to the riverbed? That, for my kids and I, means freedom, fun, challenges, bonding, and so much more,” said motocrossing mom Deanna Daniels who rides with her husband, Jimmy, and three children. “I have a 13-year-old girl, 12-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. My oldest is competitive and this is not only an outlet but a mental training course. Aside from the love of outdoors, we can grow together. She is so proud of herself and has the best self esteem and outlook on life.”

First District Supervisor Frank Mecham said the county regularly receives complaints about the noise of the bikes, but because there are so many riders across the county, he believes the North County could benefit from a designated track away from residences.

“There are a lot of folks out there who do participate in motocross, and we do need to try to find a place for them,” Mecham said. “We get a lot of complaints, and I know some of the riders are ornery, but most — they’re trying to be respectful, they’re just trying to find a place to go. It’s like with the skateboarders, we can run them off the sidewalks, but we’ve got to have a place for them to go. I’m more than willing to talk to these people — if we put our heads together, I’m sure we can find an answer.”

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