Sustrans Sheffield

Activities of the Sheffield Sustrans Ranger group.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Keep the byways open to all cyclists, walkers and horse-riders

Sustrans Volunteer Rangers Sheffield  supports the view that the byways leading out Sheffield to the Peak District should be made accessible to all. 

The Peak Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council are making efforts to remove motorised traffic from these Byways Open to All Traffic and make them accessible to all forms of non-motorised traffic


We support the 38 Degrees petition:



This petition reinforces the work that Derbyshire CC and the Peak Park Authority are doing in responding to the public outcry over motorised use of these tracks so we unhesitatingly support the petition and urge everyone to sign it.

The work being done to repair these byways now that motor vehicles are increasingly banned from them less "technical" for mountain bikers. However, there are lots of excellent singletrack and bridleway trails in the Peak District with fantastic work being done to develop more  - the byways need to be kept open to all to help new riders develop the skills to tackle these more challenging rides and provide sustainable access to these trails. 

Sustrans has ambitions to bring some of these byways into the National Cycle Network, to create strategic national links such as taking NCN6 away from the busy Ringinglow Rd. This will only happen if we can get the trail surfaces up to an acceptable standard - supporting the 8-80 principle of accessibility for all. Our aim is to have a safe cycle route within a short distance of everyone in the UK. 

When the work is done to repair these tracks it can look stark against the peak district landscape, but soon weathers in and indeed as loose surfaces are applied there will be some deterioration in the quality of the surfaces. 

We particularly deplore tactics such as spamming Derbyshire County Council's Facebook page that have been adopted by advocates of mountain biking. 
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