Campaigning on Off-Road Issues

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Can you help make mountain biking better?
These guides should help you with some of the more technical aspects of off-road campaigning.

There are many different ways to push for greater rights and access for off-road cyclists.

One of the simplest is to make sure that the trails you ride are kept clear of obstructions. While bigger obstructions, such as fallen trees or locked gates, should be dealt with by contacting your local authority, small branches and other obstacles can be easily dealt with at the time you encounter them.

Another simple, often an overlooked way to support mountain biking is to encourage your friends and family to get out on their bikes. Getting more people cycling makes local authorities realise the importance and popularity of off-road cycling, which encourages them to spend more money on facilities and trails.



What's the best thing to do if you find your favourite bridleway or byway impassable because of a fallen tree, or a gate that wasn't there before? This guide explains the process.
Do you ride - or want to ride - on a particular path, but can't tell whether you're allowed to do so? Does your favourite bridleway suddenly turn into a footpath and you wish it didn't? Do you want to do something about it? Read on...
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 (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...
Bridleways and byways need to be kept clear of obstructions and in a good state of repair, so that cyclists can enjoy their off-road rides...
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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