At the moment we mountain bikers have access to only 21 per cent of Wales’ Rights of Way and 22 per cent of England’s and frankly, that’s not enough. But we won’t get any more trails unless we make our voices heard. That’s where OpenMTB and Cycling UK come in.
Together they’ve launched the first national survey of off-road cycling activity in England and Wales. The survey will allow them to “establish an accurate picture of riding behaviour – and how it fits with the present access arrangements in England and Wales.” This information will then be used to help further efforts to open up rights of way.
In short, this is the time to tell everyone you do actually ride some cheeky footpaths and maybe it would be better if they were just made legal. The problem is, it closes on Monday so you need to get your responses in ASAP. Share it around too, the more people who fill it in the better. If you need any more incentive one respondent will win an iPad too.
OpenMTB representative Stace King, who led on development of the survey, said: “We’re calling on all off-road cyclists, from family riders to mountain bikers, to complete the survey and help us make the case for better access rights. And please don’t stop there, please share the survey on social media and encourage others to do the same. We want as broad a response to this as possible.
“Lots of people already feel that current access legislation doesn’t reflect what’s happening on the ground – so we want to get some solid data on the subject.
“We’ve had an enormous response but we don’t want anyone to miss the chance to have their say.
“The data from this is going to be vital in the fight for better access – and there’s an iPad Mini to be won for one lucky rider.”
The survey can be accessed at: www.cyclinguk.org/offroad-survey