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May 4, 2013

Bike track opens amid debate

The New York Safety Track in Harpersfield, which will offer courses in the safe operation of motorcycles, is set to make its debut this this weekend, according to its manager.

Meanwhile, an attorney for neighbors who insist the facility is out of character with the rural area said he’s also beginning something new — an investigation of the possible legal options for his clients.

Neighbors say they fear that the private track — where government speed limits do not apply — will evolve into a racing facility for not only motorcycles but also cars.

But Greg Lubinitsky, the track’s manager, said those fears are unfounded.

“There is no racing allowed, and anyone who is racing will be ejected from the premises,” Lubinitsky said.

He also said that because of liability concerns, spectators will not be allowed at the track. Only people who have registered to participate in the instructional programs offered at the facility will be allowed, he added.

Dev Kernan, who with family members owns a parcel of land consisting of hundreds of acres that straddle the Davenport and Harpersfield border, said he and other members of a grassroots group called Friends of Rural Life are convinced local officials made a colossal error when they approved the track.

“This is not an activity that is appropriate for this rural area,” Kernan said.

He and other neighbors said they were disappointed when the Harpersfield Planning Board met in executive session for approximately two hours Wednesday night and emerged with a resolution that allows the track to operate for a year. The arrangement, he said, requires Lubinitsky to provide the board monthly with noise, traffic and attendance data.

Liz Page, the secretary to the board as well as a reporter for the Mountain Eagle newspaper, said she wasn’t sure if she could release details of the board’s decision to a reporter for The Daily Star because the action followed an executive session.

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