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West Yorkshire Lane Rider Charity Event 8th September 2018
WYLR are raising money again for the Air ambulance. This includes a motorcycle charity run which this time is to be held in the Peak District on Saturday the 8th of September 2018. Adam Winston who is the leader of the group said " anyone wishing to join in with the ride is welcome to come along. We request a non compulsory donation of £10.00 to take part which will go directly to the Air Ambulance fund ".
As part of the event Adam contacted the Peak Park Authority (PDNPA) to request special permission to use some lanes that have closed by PDNPA by Traffic restriction powers (TRO). The park refused despite the appeal that it might restrict numbers attending and therefore have a detrimental affect on overall money raised which later sparked a media interest as well as a feature on BBC Look North.
PDNPA later placed the following comments on their website...
Wednesday 22 August 2018
The West Yorkshire Lane Riders group will be undertaking a 100 mile fundraising motorcycle ride on 8 September 2018. This includes off-road, unsurfaced routes, sometimes known as ‘green lanes’ within the Peak District National Park.
As part of this event, the group have requested access to three routes that are currently closed under Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO).
The route closures have been in place for up to four years (ranging from 2014 to 2017). The Chapel Gate route has been closed by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) for repairs, and is not suitable for traffic.
The total length of these three routes is around 4.8 miles – less than 5% of the overall proposed route of the fundraising ride.
These are long-standing closures – not imposed specifically for this event – and there are no other route restrictions on the group undertaking the fundraising ride.
A number of other routes remain available to the group and includes routes that may be legally used by motorised vehicles, carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers.
The Peak District National Park Authority is not stopping this overall event taking place.
We wish the West Yorkshire Lane Riders every success in their fundraising event, which will still take place in a number of areas within the Peak District National Park.
In response to this, and to prevent any concerns from other user groups regarding the event WYLR made the following comments ...
On the 8th of September 2018 West Yorkshire Lane Riders (WYLR) will continue their ongoing fund raising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in The Peak District. This will be a Motorcycle trail riding event where we’ve asked every rider taking part to donate a minimum of £10.00, although this is not compulsory.
The route itself has been kept within our group due to our degree of mistrust for PDNPA and our belief that they may attempt to disrupt the event by whatever means. This stand off is a result of their reluctance to get involved with lane management.
We did a similar event in the Northern Yorkshire Dales two years back, and had 120 riders out in the day without incident. We also raised £14,500 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
If you’d like to support our fund raising efforts, we have a Just Giving page, details as shown https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adam-winston2
We fail to see the issue or problem of having an event such as this. The routes requested to be opened for the one day of the event remain Byways and have a history of carrying vehicles for over 100 years. With such a small legal provision left for motorcycles following the NERC act coupled with PDNPA TROs it is no surprise that WYLR fund raisers remain frustrated at the Peak Park Authorities lack of willingness to help.
We note PDNPA comment that their refusal of these lanes only makes up less than 5% of the total route. We would like to point out that a very large distance of this route is on surfaced / tarmac roads due to the overall route closures of unsurfaced roads we desire to use. Which means instead of riders being away from village's (as they would prefer) they will now be forced to ride through those area's which we understand was another part of the reasons for asking for permission to use the closed lanes. We would also add that the 5% mentioned is part of less than 2% overall we have left to use. Therefore these closed routes remain important to this event, as well as to legal trail riding as a whole.
We would urge authorities to use methods of management of green roads and groups rather than outright closures or rejection as the problems such as this particular access issue has caused could have been avoided. We know of no law abiding group of legal trail riders that would not wish to work with the authorities if given the chance. That being only without those authorities interests only subject or aim being further closures to Motorcycles. APTR and WYLR are proud to enjoy a very good relationship with the Police. It just seems to be certain local authorities that fail to engage with our pursuit and the people who enjoy it.
Jacob By The Jugular !
Derbyshire Council have decided to open an enquiry to see if a TRO is required on Jacobs ladder in Stoney Middleton. This route has already gone through a status review many years ago and was designated to be one of the few Byways open to all traffic (BOAT). The amount of evidence needed to establish this needs to be pretty conclusive.
It now transpires that some people would like it closed to vehicles. We fail to see the reasoning behind this since motorcyclists are more than willing to share a right of way with any other countryside user. We understand some local residents have raised concerns regarding vehicle use which has been present for many years. We assume these people knew this road was open when they purchased their property as everyone else is made aware of access issues at the point of acquisition of a property. We believe a known and historic public right of way such as this should not be removed at the detriment to the general public just because someone decides they don't like vehicles using it anymore. As the population and subsequent vehicle ownership increases in the UK it is common for all people who live near a road of any description to experience increased traffic almost without exception.
We are aware of a massive choice of vehicle free routes in the area such as footpaths and bridleways. This is available at the upper part of Jacobs ladder and at the lower part of the route should anyone CHOOSE not to share their outdoor experience with vehicles. Since this is one of the very few options for vehicles to use in order to access businesses in Stoney Middleton and Eyam such as the local cafe's, we think it would not be in the best interests of the local tourism trade or the community to close the route which would cause a customer bypass to these businesses.
Top entrance to Jacobs ladder. Photo by Wayne Large.
Derbyshire Council have decided to impose a full TRO on Jacobs ladder. We can trace motorcycle use through our members alone for over 60 years however it is believed to have been used for over 100 years. Apparently this history of use and the culture of the area that has been accustomed to motorcycle use for so many years is not enough. Other user groups have been give priority and exclusive use on yet another one of the small percentage of legal routes left open to motors. 88% of people who did not want the route closed to vehicles. It was decided to close the lane anyway.
In an attempt to keep our motorcycle heritage alive, road bikers and trail rider groups have vowed to continue presence in the area and will be meeting and visiting the Church within the Nook in Stoney Middleton. This will continue without use of the lane once the TRO is in place. The road will then become a cul de sac. This means the motorcycle traffic using the road to the approach of Jacobs ladder will naturally be required to turn around and re cover their tracks in effect doubling the amount of passing traffic.
Derby Lane TRO
PDNPA have placed a TRO on Derby lane. This lane was an important part of a route which feeds the local businesses in Monyash, Bakewell. The APTR pointed this out within it's consultation. In particular, the local cafe is sure to miss the business this lane generated for the area. Yet again decisions are being made that affect the tourism trade and risk job security in the rural community. The picture below shows happier times for this area.
Photo by Jimmy Kawasaki.
More Legal Lanes Face Possible Closure
Two more rights of way are under consultation for closure by Peak District National Park Authority. Derby lane near Bakewell and Washgate at Flash near Buxton. In both cases local businesses would be adversely affected. We have pointed this out to the local authority (PDNPA). They have still proposed a full traffic restriction order for both lanes, which by doing so leads us to ask the question, Do they care about local businesses and jobs in within our local rural community ?
Washgate in particular is a well known tourist attraction for motorcycle trail riders. We would compare the closure of this lane in particular to closing a major ride or attraction to visitors in a park, or even a theme park. Our research shows that this closure really would be that damaging ! We are at a loss to understand the logic that would make this reasonable for an authority to do.
The closure of further lanes to an already low number of legal lanes in our opinion sends a message that the Peak Park of Derbyshire is Closed for business to bikers. We are not aware of any attempt by PDNPA to open alternative routes to facilitate these tourists. We feel the authority is failing in it's duty to promote and provide facilities to attract a varied spectrum of tourist types to the area and It's duties to protect the interests of local businesses and jobs.
Brushfield / Monsal lane To be closed to Vehicles
Following an enquiry Derbyshire Council have decided that Brushfield should be downgraded a bridleway. This is another nail in the coffin for our local associated businesses. This yet another attack on local tourism by slashing an already low number of lanes open to motorcycle tourists.
Having read the Brushfield report, we are concerned with many aspects and assumptions made by the authorities within this and many other consultations which lead us to believe that they have little understanding of motorcycle riding, machine potential and level of impact on various surfaces as these appear findings are typically over exaggerated.
In addition there seems to be a an overall lack of understanding of motorcycle trail riding as a whole, as well as the consequences of simply closing historic routes and simply walking away from the situation and responsibility of the reduction of legal lanes as tourist and local rider facilities, as well as the negative impact to local businesses.
For the purpose of analogy. If the authorities were to close all the sporting and park facilities they should not be surprised if people took to playing football or other sports in the streets.
Leys Lane Signs TRO In Place
Despite our efforts the PDNPA have gone ahead and placed the Traffic Restriction signs on Leys lane . This is now the 4th lane closed this way in an apparent effort to give bikers the boot from the Derbyshire lanes.
The Association of Peak Trail riders have pointed out to the PDNPA that we have 53 local businesses that rely either partly, or in whole on motorcycle tourism. It appears by this action they refusing to listen to the very people who pay their taxes and rates to Derbyshire and The Peak District. Bikers tell us they will simply go elsewhere and spend their money where they are made to feel more welcome. Places such as Wales or even Spain and France are set to gain financially by our falure to accommodate their needs in this area.
Picture by Jon Lee : Andrew Richardson gives the thumbs down.
Trail Riding Faces Yet Another Closure In The Peaks
Over 120 years of trail riding.
Brian (right ) Started trail riding over 50 years ago. Pictured here (right) with his two sons , Steve (Centre) with 40 years trail riding and Andrew (left) 30 years Trail riding experience.
Leys Lane in Great Longstone is under threat from closure. Our information is that PDNPA say it must be closed to vehicles.
Brian (82) said "I don't understand what the problem is. I have used this lane on and off for over 50 years and despite the traffic it doesn't seem to have changed in appearance much at all, So why close it ? "
We are asking the same Brian ! It is rumoured that the other part of the lane Cherpit lane is to remain open to traffic. This will in effect make it a cul de sac as walkers tend to use this area to park their Vehicles.
Photo by Hugh Clearly. Bikes: Coventry Eagle. Yamaha Serow.