New Forest organisations meet to discuss cycling issues

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published Wednesday 24 July 2013

Over 20 organisations came together to discuss building better understanding and consensus about cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

Coordinated by the New Forest National Park Authority, the recent meeting to discuss management of cycling in the New Forest was ‘very positive’.

The group aims to facilitate responsible cycling which is in keeping with the special qualities and purposes of the National Park, and help ensure cycle events are enjoyable and safe for participants, beneficial to the New Forest economy and welcomed by local communities.

Many New Forest and cycling organisations were represented, and all agreed the discussions got off to a good start.

The group’s first task was to discuss what changes should be made to the draft ‘cycling code of conduct’ that is currently advertised as guidance on the National Park Authority’s website.

When it meets again in September the group will consider the New Forest National Park Authority’s draft ‘cycle event organiser’s charter’.

Nigel Matthews, Community and Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The task of agreeing the revisions to the code of conduct, and of agreeing how organisations can work together to gain wide scale acceptance of the advice and best practice recommendations will take some time, but it was good to see such a positive tone at this first meeting.’

James Knight of New Forest District Council’s Public Events and Safety Advisory Group, said it was useful to hear input from organisations such as the New Forest Association, Commoners Defence Association and New Forest Equine Association as well as from a cycle hire business, Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) and Sustrans.

‘Despite their different interests, there was broad agreement on most of the points raised,’ he said.

The organisations represented at the meeting were:

  • cycle hire business
  • cycle event venue
  • charity event organiser
  • British Cycling
  • Cyclists' Touring Club / Hampshire Cycling
  • Sustrans & Cycle Working Group
  • New Forest Tourism Association
  • New Forest Access Forum
  • National Trust
  • New Forest Association
  • Commoners Defence Association
  • New Forest Association of Local Councils
  • New Forest Equestrian Association
  • Equine Forum
  • New Forest District Council Safety Advisory Group
  • NFDC Employment and Tourism
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Hampshire County Council Highway Authority
  • New Forest National Park Authority
  • Forestry Commission
  • Verderers.

Others who are part of the group but were unable to attend the first meeting are:

  • cycle event organiser
  • Natural England
  • NFDC Environmental Health
  • NFDC Leisure & Communities.


Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:
Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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