With the summer officially upon us, I would like to take a moment to remind Stittsville residents about the proper protocol for dirt bikes around our community.
Please note that motorized vehicles including snow mobiles are not allowed on the Trail between Terry Fox Drive to West Ridge Drive.
Please be aware that it is illegal to drive any motorized vehicle including pocket motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATV’s on the Trail. Many residents use this beautiful trail as a walking path so not only does using a motorized vehicle here pose an extreme safety issue with the vehicles themselves, it also poses danger to civilians and can cause damage to the walking path.
Please also remember that anyone using a dirt bike on streets, roadways, shoulders need to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, license plate and ownership. It’s not uncommon to see dirt bikes in urban settings along the shoulder and sometimes on the roadway driven by youths. Unless they have the noted documentation above, they are breaking the law and could be subjected to the associated fines for each violation. A dirt bike cannot be used on trails unless it is designated to be used for off road vehicles. Remember that if you are in violation of the law, you could be fined. For more details pertaining to Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) Fines, please visit:
I want to stress the importance to please ensure that safety concerns such as these be reported to the police every time they are witnessed and with as much detail as possible (time of day, description of vehicle and driver description). The more reports that are received the more resources the Police will allocate to the issue.
If you are witnessing this activity taking place, please report it with the Ottawa Police online at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp, or if you feel there is an immediate concern for the safety of residents please call 9-1-1. You can place a report after the fact by calling 613-236-1222 x 7300 or online here.