‘I’m just try­ing to keep green roads open’

Hugh Cleary is a Trail Rid­ers Fel­low­ship and Peak District Ve­hi­cle User Group mem­ber fight­ing to keep green lanes open for bik­ers

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“The Peak District Na­tional Park has the au­thor­ity to close routes in the park, which we as recre­ational mo­torists have been able to use in the past. I’ve been rid­ing these trails since 1972 and they’ve now be­come more pop­u­lar, es­pe­cially in the last ten years.

“So the Peak Park Au­thor­ity are try­ing to get rid of the green lanes by putting traf­fic reg­u­la­tion or­ders on var­i­ous routes and close them one by one. The Peak Park has a po­lit­i­cal set of ideas which are anti recre­ational-mo­torist and want to stop mo­tor­cy­cles from us­ing green lanes com­pletely.

“What we have to do to fight this is find his­tor­i­cal ev­i­dence which shows that mo­torised ve­hi­cle users have been free to use those routes over a given pe­riod of time. We have to go back as far as 1700 by go­ing through deeds of land, old maps and old routes. It’s an in­cred­i­ble level of de­tail and work which takes a lot of research and work by peo­ple who are not his­to­ri­ans… but are de­ter­mined to keep these lanes open for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“We’re try­ing to get a bank of ev­i­dence of users who have used these routes and prove it to the gov­ern­ment. The Peak Park Au­thor­ity has man­aged to close some well-known routes and based it on noise pol­lu­tion but we’ve man­aged to keep oth­ers open. We’re a small team but de­ter­mined to find a so­lu­tion for all users.

“I hardly think I’m a hero in any way. I’m just a mem­ber of a lo­cal team try­ing to keep ‘Green Roads’ open for recre­ational mo­torists and pre­vent the clo­sure of lanes which mo­tor­cy­clists have been us­ing for many years.”

‘We’re re­search­ing as far back as 1700 to find a so­lu­tion’

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