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Trails for Wales

Introduction

Mountain Bikers in Wales

There’s nothing like heading off-road with your family, friends or even alone and exploring an area unspoilt by motor traffic or swathes of tarmac and street furniture.

Recognising this the Welsh Government launched a consultation to improve opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation.

Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, together with Open MTB, the new Welsh and English National Trail Organisation, see this as the perfect opportunity for Wales to adopt similar rights of responsible access laws as enshrined in Scotland’s Land Reform Act in 2003. Along with British and Welsh cycling we are calling on you to add your voice in support.

We currently have rights to cycle on just 21 per cent of Wales’ Rights of Way network – and that’s not on the most useful or suitable bits either. Rights of Way traditionally are determined by the history of the path’s use rather than its suitability.

It’s time Wales followed Scotland’s lead in changing this. It also greatly benefited the Scottish economy, with a Transform Scotland report estimating off road and leisure cycle tourism contributing between £236.2m and £358m per year.

Whether you live in Wales or elsewhere, if Wales joins Scotland with a forward thinking open access policy, then the implications for England’s rights of way could be massive, therefore if you support the idea of similar responsible access to the wonders of Wales, and looking to the future England, then support Trails for Wales.

The consultation finished on 02 October. During the course of one month 4,050 people wrote into the Welsh Government in support of Trails for Wales - thank you!

Recent Campaign Activity

Four cyclists enjoying some riding off-road
First off-road cycling report gives unique insight into UK scene Press Release
Cycling UK today (Thursday, 16 February) launched its report “Rides of Way: Cycling UK’s Off-Road Report 2017” at the London Bike Show hosted at the ExCeL centre in London.
Photo from Equibike taken by buba_noi
Unified front shows no conflict in the countryside News
Cycling UK joined the Ramblers and the British Horse Society to present evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee this week, and shared very much the same message: “Conflict? What conflict?”
Photo: Flickr CC shirokazan
Rights of Way not fit for purpose finds Off-Road cycling survey Press Release
Cycling UK and Open MTB today (Friday 17 November) issued the preliminary results from their Off-Road survey which found 74% of the participants consider the current rights of way unsuitable for off-road cycling.
Cycling UK Trails for Wales Campaign
The future of cycle access in our countryside Blog
This week, Cycling UK supported British Cycling and a number of other partners in writing to English and Welsh ministers calling for a review of rights of way and access provision. With pilot projects to test the feasibility of different models of improved access for cyclists proposed as a way forward, our off-road cycling advisor, Kieran Foster, sets out the case for greater responsible access.

Timeline

 
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