New code for cyclists for the New Forest

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Published Friday 20 December 2013

A group of over 20 organisations has agreed a New Forest Cycling Code for cycling both on and off the road throughout the National Park.

The new code has been developed by the Cycling Liaison Group which aims to facilitate responsible cycling which is in keeping with the special qualities and purposes of the National Park.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, convenes the group.

He said: ‘This is a significant and welcome achievement following a great deal of careful thought and input from numerous organisations. The Liaison Group agreed that in relatively few words, the code highlights the main aspects of cycling within the unique environment of the Forest about which we want to raise awareness.’

The code is available on the National Park Authority website at

The Liaison Group is also working on a charter for event organisers and next meets in February with the aim of finalising the charter by the spring.


Notes to editors:

Members of the Cycling Liaison Group include:
New Forest District Council (NFDC) Safety Advisory Group
NFDC Environmental Health
NFDC Leisure & Communities
NFDC Employment and Tourism
Hampshire Constabulary
Hampshire County Council Highway Authority
New Forest National Park Authority
Forestry Commission           
Cycle hire business
Cycle event organiser
Cycle event organiser
Cycle event organiser
Cycle event organiser
Cycle event venue
British Cycling
CTC / Hampshire Cycling
Cyclists' Touring Club
Sustrans & Cycle Working Group
New Forest Tourism Association
New Forest Access Forum
National Trust
Natural England
New Forest Association
Commoners Defence Association
New Forest Association of Local Councils
New Forest Equestrian Association
Equine Forum
National Escort Group

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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