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Bike ban focus of survey

A survey of Lake Wildwood residents will gauge the support for allowing motorcycles inside the gated community on a trial basis.

The Lake Wildwood Homeowners Association’s rules prohibit any of the subdivision’s 5,500 residents from riding motorcycles inside its gates. Currently, motorcycle owners have to roll their bikes onto trailers to get them from the gates to their homes. Some simply park the bikes at entrances.

Paul Piper, president of the 60-member Lake Wildwood Motorcycle Club, has taken the issue to the association’s board of directors, which earlier this week approved the format of a Motorcycle Access Survey. The survey will be sent to a sampling of 350 Homeowners in about a week asking if they support a 120-day trial period.

“This is a very exciting development,” Piper said. “We will finally have an opportunity to poll the membership to see if motorcycle access can be a reality.”

Bill Haushalter, Lake Wildwood association general manager, said the association’s board of directors will not be bound to any course of action following the survey.

“This is an advisory ballot only,” Haushalter said. “There is no promise of any action from the results of the survey.”

The survey includes a brief explanation of the issue, Piper said. If it shows support for a trial period and the board sees fit, then a full vote of all homeowners would be required for a tryout.

There are 2,836 voting lots in Lake Wildwood, each with one vote. Renters are not eligible to participate, Haushalter said.

“It is definitely spurring debate,” he said. “We have some individuals who have $20,000 to $30,000 motorcycles. They want to ride them to their houses.

“Others bought here because they say motorcycles were not allowed.”

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