Whether you’re a professional cyclist or just like getting out on your bike at the weekends, you’ll likely already know that you’re unable to access a lot of the British countryside if you’re on two wheels.
Public access and right of way laws make it illegal for cyclists to access a lot of the countryside. In fact, you can only go on less than a third of the 140,000 miles of public paths that exist, yet if you’re a hiker you can go wherever you want.
Groups like British Cycling have written open letters to Welsh environment secretary Lesley Griffiths and environment secretary Liz Truss to bring about changes in this regard so cyclists have responsible access to more countryside public paths across England and Wales.
“We know that many people will simply not consider cycling unless they can do it on a traffic-free route. While national and local government work on putting cycle lanes in place across our towns and cities, countryside paths are fantastic, free alternatives that could be enjoyed responsibly by mountain bikers and families alike,” Ian Drake, chief executive of British Cycling, said.
It can be difficult finding good routes to bike along, but a bit of research can help you work out where to go. Sustrans actually has a National Cycle Network on its website that features safe and traffic-free paths for on-road cycling that could help you work out a route if you’re keen to get out and about on the bike a lot more.
For countryside cycling, the National Trust has a huge range of different routes for all abilities as well.
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