Local Access Forums (England & Wales)

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Cyclists in the countryside
Developing a cycle network in the countryside should be on the agenda for all LAFs
Headline Messages: 
  • Effective Local Access Forums (LAFs) can help improve the Rights of Way (RoW) network for both recreational and day-to-day travel.
  • With cyclists’ interests represented on them, LAFs can also help make sure that the network is developed, maintained and promoted with cycling in mind. Local people and visitors can then enjoy a wider range of motor traffic-free, accessible routes in the countryside, and keep fit at the same time.
Key facts: 
  • Local Highway Authorities and National Parks have to set up Local Access Forums by law under the Countryside & Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000. Members are not allowed to represent an organisation, but should be able to represent their interests knowledgeably.
  • In 2014/15, there were 86 active LAFs in England, with almost a thousand members between them. Around 24 LAFs are operating in Wales.
  • In 2014/15, English LAFs were formally consulted on 100 “route improvements (to PROW and other multi-user/cycling/horse-riding/walking routes)”, and were asked for advice on another 140 of them.  
Cycling UK View (formal statement of Cycling UK's policy): 
  • Cycling interests should be represented on all LAFs. 
  • Local authorities should be receptive and responsive to LAF recommendations on:
    •  amendments to the definitive map and on processing them in a timely fashion, to the benefit of off-road cyclists 
    •  the promotion and signing of the RoW network and other opportunities for off-road cycling 
    •  the proper maintenance of byways, bridleways and un-surfaced unclassified roads o the removal of obstructions. 
  • LAFs should promote off-road cycling as a healthy and enjoyable activity, particularly to families and young people. 
  •  LAFs should adopt, implement and promote Cycling UK’s key Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) priorities
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Publication Date: 
May 2017

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