National MTB advocacy body OpenMTB have produced a survey to review existing Codes of Conduct and agree what a modern version might look like for mountain bikers/off-road cyclists. Please spare a few minutes to take the survey.
The results of this survey will help define what an up-to-date code of conduct for off-road cycling could look like, and ensure that mountain bikers are seen in a positive light when we’re trying to negotiate more access to ride.
OpenMTB is a network of representatives from mountain biking groups across England and Wales – including advocates, volunteer trail builders, guides, writers and more. As a local advocacy group to the Peak District, we collaborate with OpenMTB on local issues that have national impact and vice versa.
Andrew Nelson from Open MTB says:
In order to maintain a place at the table during discussions our community must be seen as responsible and reasonable trail users. With this in mind we’re inviting our community leaders to help us review existing Codes of Conduct and agree what a modern version might look like for mountain bikers/Off road cyclists.
Also, feedback on the sudden increase in riding around COVID 19 shows that many new and returning riders do not have a basic understanding of responsible access principles and our major stakeholders are looking for ways to improve the situation.
This review is being carried out in partnership with National organisations including Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.
You can take the Code of Conduct survey here.