We call on the Peak District National Park Authority to stop imposing Traffic Regulation Orders on our Green Lanes
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The Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) and the Green Lane Association (GLASS) are calling on everyone with an interest in trail bike riding and driving in the Peak District National Park to sign a petition to protect the publics’ right to legally drive the Byways and unsealed roads (our Green Lanes).
The future of our Green Lanes, of which there are just 30 miles in the Peak District, is under threat as the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) seek to close many of them by imposing unwarranted Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on some of the most iconic and historic routes.
Our Green lanes within the National Park have been used since 1910, well before the National Parks and Countryside Act 1949 came into existence yet decisions are being made today by the PDNPA that will affect the ability to enjoy these routes for future generations.
The PDNPA is under pressure from other user groups to stop motorised vehicles from using our Green Lanes. We are concerned that prejudiced decisions are being made by those who haven’t consulted fully or discussed alternatives with the TRF or GLASS and undemocratic blanket bans are being imposed to stop legitimate and respectful riders from using the National Park.
There is real pleasure to be had from exploring our countryside on a motorised vehicle. For many people, especially those with restricted mobility, the Green Lanes provide the only opportunity they have for enjoying the special qualities of the National Park.
We call on the PDNPA to stop imposing TROs on the Green Lanes and to support and work with the user groups to find solutions, which are based on the least restrictive principle.
We call on the PDNPA to be inclusive and democratic in their decision making and to fully adhere to their second National Park purpose, which is to:
Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the Public.
This must not mean closing part of the National Park to one group of recreational users for the benefit of another. The PDNPA are acting to control and limit recreation, not promoting it for all.
Thousands of trail bike riders and drivers respect and value the Peak District National Park; don’t drive us away.
We're asking people to support us by signing our petition calling on the PDNPA to work more transparently and closely with the TRF and GLASS and to keep our Green Lanes open for motorised vehicles.
For more details on the work of the TRF and GLASS, please contact Mike Irvine at firstname.lastname@example.org
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