POLICE have been called in to tackle motorcyclists who have been terrorising families at Bahrain’s public parks.
Stunt riders have even been seen “somersaulting” over park fences as families try to enjoy picnics nearby, according to Southern Municipal Council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari.
He said there had been repeated complaints about “reckless” bikers in the Southern Governorate.
“The youths are reckless, noisy, dangerous and disobey orders from security guards to leave facilities,” he said.
“When police arrive they are already gone to another park to wreak havoc.
“This is ongoing and families are unable to enjoy their time because of fears they may get hurt.
“Imagine a speeding motorbike jumping the fence and then somersaulting several times before landing between those picnicking.”
Southern Municipality director-general Assem Abdullatif agreed the issue needed an immediate solution and said police had already agreed to clamp down on such activities.
“The problem will exist as these youths have no place to go to,” he said.
“We reduced such incidents by opening parks only to families, but as Mr Al Ansari says how can someone stop an airborne motorcyclist?
“We already provide sports for young individuals like basketball, volleyball and football at numerous parks and there are several respectable individuals who use them wisely.
“It only happens with motorcyclists who think open spaces are the best place to manoeuvre and show off their skills.”
The topic was on the agenda of a meeting yesterday at the Southern Municipality, in West Riffa, attended by representatives of the council, the Southern Municipality and Southern Security Directorate.
Southern Governor Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, who was appointed last month, was also present – making him the first governor to visit any municipal body since the current regional structure was implemented in 2002.
“Together we can achieve a lot for the governorate, besides resolving several pending problems,” said Shaikh Khalifa, grandson of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
“That’s why I took the initiative to come here seeking co-operation.
“Disjointed efforts in the past to provide services for people and attend to their demands did not achieve what was expected.
“My ambition is for the Southern Governorate to be a model governorate in Bahrain.”
He also expressed a wish to change the names of some roads and highways in the governorate, which he described as outdated, and suggested new monuments were needed that better reflected the Southern Governorate’s identity – while calling for local alternatives to lanterns used for decorating the streets during Ramadan, saying the practise had been imported from Egypt.
Shaikh Khalifa also toured the council where new projects were displayed and was briefed by Mr Abdullatif before being presented with a commemorative gift.