Response to weekend's cycling event

cycling at Rhinefield

Published Monday 14 April 2014

This is a response from the New Forest National Park Authority to reports of nails or tacks laid on a part of the road during the weekend's Wiggle Spring Sportive.

‘The New Forest National Park Authority is shocked to hear of further reports of nails being left on the road to disrupt this weekend’s cycling event, following similar reports last year. There can be no justification for such acts that may cause accident or injury. This is now a police matter.

‘The event was closely monitored and whilst we have heard reports that the behaviour of a minority of cyclists was unsatisfactory, the large majority behaved well and followed the New Forest Cycling Code, which encourages responsible cycling in keeping with the special qualities of the National Park. The cycling code can be found at

‘A draft cycling charter for event organisers is being prepared in collaboration with the Cycling Liaison Group which next meets on 29 April. The Liaison Group consists of more than 20 organisations including New Forest District Council, Hampshire Highway Authority, Hampshire Constabulary, forest organisations and cycling groups.’


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:
Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639

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