New Forest organisations meet again to discuss responsible cycling

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published Monday 16 September 2013

Building a better understanding and consensus about responsible cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

Representatives from 19 organisations met for a second discussion about working together to manage and improve different types of cycling experiences – both for cyclists and other people who enjoy the New Forest.

Through a short series of meetings, the plan is to build better understanding and consensus about responsible cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment. The objective is to keep cycling in step with the special qualities and purposes of the National Park.

The group is looking at a number of aspects of cycling, acknowledging that each has a different set of issues and opportunities for improvement associated with it, from family cycling to events. For example, helping to ensure cycling is enjoyable and safe, beneficial to the New Forest economy and welcomed by local communities.

Coordinated by the New Forest National Park Authority, the discussion again demonstrated the desire of everyone, including event organisers, to work together to resolve issues that have been identified in recent months.

Nigel Matthews, Community and Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This time we focused on the draft ‘cycle event organiser’s charter’ that is on the New Forest National Park Authority’s website. Several improvements were suggested, and we’ll be continuing the discussion when we next meet in December.’

James Knight, chair of New Forest District Council’s Public Events and Safety Advisory Group (SAG), said: ‘It was clear that the SAG plays a central role. We ensure the relevant authorities, including the police, get to see risk assessments and event plans. By liaising with other local organisations we can also help avoid clashes.’

In July, the group’s first task was to discuss what changes should be made to the ‘cycling code of conduct’. An improved code is being drafted.

The final task for the group will be to recommend what should be done to encourage maximum buy-in to both the code and the charter.

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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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk


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