Off-Road Access

Cycling UK today (Thursday, 22 June) welcomed the opportunities presented by the Welsh Government’s consultation "Taking forward Wales’ sustainable management of natural resources" calling them “a landmark step towards increasing the opportunities for cycling, health and rural tourism.”

 
 
Scotland's Land Reform Act has opened up the countryside for walking and cycling. The rest of the UK should follow its example.

 
 
Rights of Way Improvement Plans (England & Wales) - 5 May 2017 - 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.

 
 
Local Access Forums (England & Wales) - 5 May 2017 - 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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Public Footpaths (England & Wales) - 4 May 2017 - Campaigning Views
Cycling on footpaths is not a legal right, but many are entirely suitable and form good links. Opening them up to cyclists would enhance the network of motor-traffic free routes.

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

 
 
Cycling off-road in the countryside is a healthy and enjoyable activity, but the network of routes available needs to grow.

 
 
Unsurfaced highways shared with motor vehicles - 2 May 2017 - Campaigning Views
Not all unsurfaced highways are robust enough for use by motor vehicles. Ruts and mud, for example, can make them difficult or impossible for cycling.

 
 
Towpaths, canals and rivers - 2 May 2017 - Campaigning Views
Paths alongside canals and rivers can provide attractive and useful motor-traffic free routes for utility and recreational cycling.

 
 
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