East Side Trail – Guide for Safe Use From Niagara Police
East Side Trail – Guide for Safe Use
During the past two years, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) and the Niagara Region have collaborated regarding the use of off road motor vehicles on properties commonly referred to as the East Side Trail. The intent of this joint communication is to clarify specific prohibitions and encourage the safe and respectful use of the East Side Trail system to avoid community complaints.
The East Side Trail system runs from Ramey’s Bend in Port Colborne to the intersection of Biggar Rd and River Rd in Port Robinson. The Niagara Region wishes to provide this recreation area for pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians, and off road motor vehicles (snow mobiles, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles).
The use of the trail system is subject to the following conditions:
- Off road cars or trucks are strictly prohibited from the trail system.
- The Canal Service Roads are completely prohibited for use except for a 100 meter section of the Service Road directly north of the trail access gate at Ramey’s Bend;
- Riders use only east side trails that are 100 feet or more from the Canal water edge;
-All roads or trails on the west side of the canal are completely prohibited from use by any motorized vehicle while other activities are permitted as marked by signage;
- Riders are courteous and respectful of the use of these lands to ensure a safe environment for all citizens using the trails;
- Any documentation, third party agreements, or past descriptions of land use that differs from this communiqué are declared null and void.
The NRPS will be enforcing the stated prohibitions with a zero tolerance strategy. The intended goal is to encourage safe and respectful riding practices on the trail systems in accordance with legislation. ATV patrol officers will be enforcing the Trespass to Property Act as it applies to the prohibitions, the Off Road Vehicles Act regarding riding behavior, documentation, insurance and safety equipment, and the Criminal Code of Canada where impaired operation, dangerous driving or flight from police occurs.
The NRPS and the Niagara Region are committed to public safety and the respectful use of the East Side Trail. This joint communication is provided to encourage all users to ride safely and respectfully on lands that are provided for the recreational enjoyment of the citizens of, and visitors to, the Niagara Region.
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation supports this message.