Off-Road Access

Woman mountain biking
Women are disproportionately under represented in cycling, and even more so in mountain biking and off-road riding. But, they have much more to gain from participating in riding in terms of the health, social and well-being benefits cycling can bring. Julie Rand explains why improving access to the countryside is particularly important to women.

 
 
York's Dominic Littler with iPad Mini after winning off-road survey prize draw
York’s Dominic Littler has won an iPad Mini after taking part in the first national survey of off-road cycling activity in England and Wales.

 
 
No cycling sign (Iain Farrell: CC licence)
Off-road survey: what we've learnt - 18 Nov 2016 - Blog
The results of a new off-road cycling survey, conducted by Cycling UK and off-road network OpenMTB, highlight the huge importance of off-road cycling for people's mental, as well as physical, health - but also frustration at England and Wales's archaic rights of way and access laws.

 
 
Photo: Flickr CC shirokazan
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.

 
 
Mountain Bikers in Wales
Trails for Wales - 4 Nov 2016 - Campaign
Help improve off-road conditions in Wales and put pressure on England to do the same through Cycling UK's campaign Trails for Wales!

 
 
Cycletopia includes 15 real life examples of good schemes to promote cycling
Cycletopia - 31 Oct 2016 - Campaign
CTC's Cycletopia is made up of real life examples of what can be done to make Britain's towns and cities more cycle friendly, combined in a single image.

 
 
Caroline Russell with Jeremy Gartside
Jeremy Gartside has metaphorically moved heaven and literally moved earth to make the North Dorset Trailway a more attractive and usable cycle route in his community.

 
 
No cycling signin royal park
“Copy Scotland” to benefit rural economy - 7 Sep 2016 - Press Release
Cycling UK today reiterated its call for increased access and rights of way to the English countryside. The national cycling charity, in its response to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee inquiry “Rural Tourism in England”, explained rural tourism, currently valued at £17bn a year, would benefit significantly as a result.

 
 
Cyclists off-road on Isle of Wight
Cycling UK and OpenMTB are today (Wednesday, 24 August) launching the first national survey of off-road cycling activity in England and Wales.

 
 
Cycling UK Trails for Wales Campaign
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.

 
 
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