‘He secured the rights of more than 500 miles of green lanes’
Richard Simpson, spokesman for the TRF, nominates founding member Brian Thompson
“The Trail Riders Fellowship was started in 1970 by a group of motorcyclists who shared a common interest in preserving and using the large network of unsurfaced roads that exists in England and Wales.
“It’s very hard for me to pick out one member as a hero of motorcycling, but the late Brian Thompson would have to be top of the list of nominees. A founder-member of the TRF, he was successful in lobbying for the preservation of vehicular rights on thousands of miles of green lanes by the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, and later got Byway Open to All Traffic status for 500 miles of green lanes in the country!
“Brian was still campaigning for the TRF until weeks before his death in 1991. Others have picked up the baton and the organisation continues to fight for the preservation of vehicular rights of way in the countryside. “Since the start of this year, the TRF has engaged in five High Court actions to protect specific green lanes from unnecessary closure to motorcyclists and saved many more by patient negotiation behind the scenes. “Local TRF groups, of which there are around 40 across England and Wales, have also worked in partnership with councils to physically restore lanes that have become damaged through flooding and lack of maintenance. “While motorcycle trail riding remains under some threat from the selfish and misinformed, the TRF continues to preserve the rights of all trail rider and we still find time to go riding ourselves, too.”
‘He was campaigning for the TRF just weeks before his death’
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Simpson (above) says we have for much to thank Brian Thompson