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Trail Riding – Tactics

In this page tactics are discussed for:

Where riding is done legally – use of voluntary constraint

The best example of voluntary constraint is that set out in the Trail Riders’ Fellowship Code of Conduct:

Use only vehicular rights of way
Trail riding is only lawful on public roads. If in doubt, check with the Highway Authority or the TRF. Motorcycles and riders must be road-legal. Green Roads are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
Keep to the defined way across farmland
Wheels can damage crops and grass. Wandering from the road onto farmland or moorland is trespassing.
Give way to walkers, horses and cyclists
As a courtesy, on narrow lanes, stop and switch off engines.
Acknowledge the presence of other Green Road users
With a friendly wave or other suitable gesture.
Fasten gates to safeguard stock
Except those tied open for farming purposes. An open gate invites animals to stray, endangering themselves, and crops or traffic.
Travel at a safe speed
Ride at a reasonable speed, taking regard of conditions and visibility. This should not exceed the voluntary maximum of 25mph.
Ride quietly
Machines must be effectively silenced. Use the throttle with discretion, as noise does offend. Green Roads are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
Honour the country code
Respect the countryside and those who live, work and play in it. Green Roads can be valuable habitats, so take special care in spring and early summer.
Identify yourself
Carry your membership card with you when trail riding, so that you may identify yourself as a current member of the TRF - and display a current membership sticker.

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Another tactic to consider is to have set maximum groups sizes for specific routes (say 5 motorcyclists for sensitive routes, 8 for less sensitive).

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Where riding is done legally – use of TROs


The procedure for making TROs is set out in the Local Authorities’ Traffic Order (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996. Where the TRO will affect a public right of way; the procedure, in outline, is:

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Where riding is done illegally:

In broad terms, the available measures and their effectiveness can be summarised as follows:

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