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

Trails for Wales: It’s Time to Act

In 2015 the Welsh Government consulted with the general public on the possibility of reforming access to the countryside – and a campaign by OpenMTB and Cycling UK saw more than 4,000 cyclists send messages of support for increased access, a stunning result considering there were fewer than 5,800 responses in total. The Welsh Government … Read more

Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB team up for The Advocacy Files

advocacy files

We all know that the Peak District and the Sheffield area are hotbeds of high-quality MTB advocacy – and part of the reason we know this is that Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB both do a great job of letting us all know what they get up to. And now the groups have worked … Read more