‘He se­cured the rights of more than 500 miles of green lanes’

Richard Simp­son, spokesman for the TRF, nom­i­nates found­ing mem­ber Brian Thomp­son

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“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

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