Off-Road Access

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.

“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.

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

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.

Cycling UK President and Channel 4 newscaster, Jon Snow, has written to Assembly Member candidates asking them to pledge their support towards improving investment and leisure access for cycling, should they be successful on 5 May.

Rights of Way Improvement Plans (England & Wales) - 6 Apr 2016 - Campaigning Views
By law, local authorities must develop Rights of Way Improvement Plans (RoWIPs). The plans are a good way of improving opportunities for cycling off-road.

A good proportion of the English and Welsh coast could be safely and beneficially opened up for cycling.

Local Access Forums (England & Wales) - 6 Apr 2016 - Campaigning Views
Local Access Forums (set up by local authorities to bring together people and groups interested in public rights of way) should work towards developing the network for cycling.

Changing the status of rights of way (England & Wales) - 11 Mar 2016 - Campaigning Views
Find out why it's important to open up more of the rights of way network for cycling, what the legal process is and how it needs improving.

Bridleways, byways and cycle tracks (England & Wales) - 10 Mar 2016 - Campaigning Views
Closing the gaps for cycling in public rights of way and improving maintenance and signing, would encourage more people to cycle off-road.

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