The Government is investing £2bn in a ‘Cycling and Walking Revolution’ – but the off-road version could be free

The world collectively hit the pause button on life early in 2020 – and things haven’t been the same since. We will be learning lessons from the pandemic for years to come, but one thing we found out straight away was that changing our habits was not as difficult as we previously thought. We quickly … Read more

Response to UK Government consultation on trespass

In late 2019 and early 2020 the UK Government conducted a consultation entitled “Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments” – following a pledge in the Conservatives’ pre-election manifesto to “make intentional trespass a criminal offence”. While this measure is ostensibly aimed at traveller encampments, there has been widespread concern in the outdoors community about … Read more

Riding out of the dark – MTB and mental health

You know that anxious, unsettled feeling you get when you haven’t ridden your bike for a while? Well it turns out you’re not the only one. In 2016 OpenMTB and Cycling UK collaborated on a major survey of British off-road riding habits, including a section on physical and mental wellbeing. We expected people to tell … Read more

Ride Sheffield’s Winter Social – Monday, 26 Nov

As one of the country’s most progressive and well-supported advocacy groups, Ride Sheffield are almost as well known for their social gatherings as for the links they’ve forged with local stakeholders and the trails they’ve got built. And this year they’re stepping things up a notch with a makeover for their annual Winter Social, incorporating … Read more

Trails for Wales – it’s bad news.

The Welsh Government has stated that it will not be proceeding with significant access reform following its recent consultation on the issue. We at OpenMTB are both deeply disappointed and somewhat perplexed, as the public consultation carried out last year was overwhelmingly in favour of the administration’s own suggestion of creating single-status rights-of-way – effectively … Read more

Get on my land! Q&A With Mark Slater, Cycling UK

Cycling UK’s latest off-road campaign is urging riders to lobby the government over its plans for agricultural subsidy post-Brexit. It might sound a bit dry, but the charity’s off-road organiser Mark Slater has been explaining why it could be a big win for MTBers… Hi Mark, can you start off by telling us what this … Read more

Cut Gate: How the BMC got on track with MTB advocacy

Cut Gate

We all like to have a bit of a moan about that bit of local trail which turns into an impassable bog in the wetter months – and lord knows we have plenty of them in the UK. However not all of us take the initiative to produce a slick-looking report on the issue before … Read more

Trails for Wales: Three things you can still do

So we’re in the final furlong, the Welsh Government consultation on its proposals to dramatically widen countryside access closes tomorrow (Saturday, 30 September). If you like the idea of riding officially on the majority of Welsh footpaths then there are still things you can do to help make it happen, even if you’ve already responded. … Read more