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Mountain Bikers and Equestians
Transcript of Mountain Bikers and Equestians
Ian Warby - B1KE
Where are we....?
Advice for cyclists:
When cycling on the RoW network:
Slow down and be courteous when passing walkers and equestrians.
Leave gates as you find them. Never leave a closed gate open after passing through.
Report obstructions on bridleways and restricted byways to the local authorities (some have online reporting systems)
Get involved with Local Access Forums to lobby for bridleway improvements.
Lobby for cycle-friendly aspects of Rights of Way Improvement Plans to be priorities.
Respond to bridleway / byway Map Modification Orders and Public Path Orders.
If the highway authority fails to respond to reasonable requests to deal with obstructed or ‘out of repair’ bridleways or restricted byway, be prepared to serve Highways Act 1980 section 56 or section 130A orders on them.
Cycling is legal on 22% of the Rights of Way (RoW) network in England and Wales. However, the right to cycle on some paths and not others does not necessarily relate to how suitable or unsuitable they are for cycling.
While cyclists have the right to (bi)cycle on bridleways and byways, many of them are unsuitable; on the other hand, cyclists are not automatically allowed to ride along footpaths, many of which are perfectly fine for cycling.
The suppressed demand for good traffic-free cycling routes for both recreational and utility use is considerable, but much of the RoW network is best suited to mountain biking.
More people could enjoy offroad cycling if the network were expanded, more coherent, and better maintained and signed. This needs concerted action from local and national government, plus reform to RoW law.
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Today’s riders will shape the trails of the future and the image of mountain biking. IMBA UK’s Trail Essentials will help you to enjoy your ride responsibly, whilst showing respect for others and care for the environment. It’s all good.
Keep it Legal
• You can ride on bridleways, byways and designated cycle tracks.
• On Forestry Commission land you can ride on forest roads. You can also ride on any single-track which is promoted for mountain bikes.
Leave No Trace
• Think about how you ride and the impact this has on the trail. Practise to improve your skill at low-impact cycling.
• Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage, so adjust your riding and consider using alternative trails where appropriate.
• Keep to existing trails; avoid widening the trail or creating new lines.
• Always take your litter home with you and other people’s too, if you can. Inner tubes and cycle litter reflect badly on all riders.
Control Your Bike
• Stay focused; even a second’s inattention can cause problems for you and other trail users.
• Check your speed. Ride responsibly and think about when the conditions are right for riding fast. This awareness will avoid incidents with others.
• Remember – there are inherent risks associated with mountain biking. Be realistic about your riding ability.
Always Give Way
• Let your fellow trail users know you are coming. A friendly ‘hello’ or bell ring is considerate and alerts others to your presence.
• Pass slow and wide, slowing to a walking pace or stopping if necessary. This is particularly important when approaching or passing horse riders.
• Say ‘thank you’ if other trail users give way to you. It is polite and helps to build good relationships with others.
• When approaching corners or at blind spots, anticipate other trail users, particularly at junctions and crossing points.
• If cycling in a group, pass horses on the same side and in single file and advise riders how many are in your group.
Avoid Disturbing Animals
• Animals can be startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. This can upset dogs, startle horses, scatter cattle and sheep and disturb wildlife. Be aware of your potential impact on animals and take care to avoid disturbing them.
Always Plan Ahead
• Know your bike, your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are going to ride and prepare accordingly.
• Be self-sufficient. Keep your equipment in good order and carry necessary supplies for trailside repairs and any changes in the weather or other conditions.
• Wear the appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, for the trails you are riding.
Ian Warby - B1KE - www.B1KE.com - email@example.com - 07711 638195