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Trail riders should get own tracks

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Reading your article, “Bikers suggest closure alternatives”, there is nothing new in some of their suggestions which are already in place in the Peak District National Park.

On many of the green lanes that they use, there are Code of Respect signs but it is apparent in your article that they are unaware of them, such as a voluntary 20mph speed limit for motorbikes and 5mph for 4x4 vehicles.

Also there is a limit of six for the number of bikes in a group but numbers frequently reach double figures and therefore the placing of Code of Respect signs on rough tracks by the National Park Authority has been in vain.

It is very questionable that trail riders come to enjoy the scenery when they have to concentrate on negotiating rough surfaces for their safety.

There is a ratio in usage, the cruder and the more demanding and challenging a track is, the more recreational motorists there are.

It has been acknowledged by some members of the Trail Riders Fellowship, (TRF), that where a track surface has been much improved, it is far more boring to ride or drive on.

An example of this is Chapelgate which is the subject of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order prohiting recreational motorists and a High Court challenge in November.

Their recreational activity is one that affects the enjoyment of other types of users of the countryside.

For example, golfers contain theirs at golf clubs, sailors confine theirs to water and rock climbers stick with rock faces. Likewise, TRF should consider having dedicated and challenging sites of their own.

There are initiatives that TRF can take, ride in smaller groups in no more than four, ride in single file, have road-compliant and clean numberplates at all times, have self-adhesive numberplates on the front of their bikes, and not least of all, do something to quieten the trailbikes.

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