Mountain bikers have a problem, an image problem. While we see ourselves as a bunch of fun-loving free spirits, much of the rest of the outdoor community see us as gung-ho idiots who aren’t happy unless we’re mowing down senior citizens. Now, some of you might not give a monkey’s about having an image problem, but it’s fair to say that coming across as Attila the Hun on two wheels means that in the future we’ll have less trails to ride, not more. Confused? I’ll explain.
The leaves might be changing, but the weather seems to be warming up, giving us awesome light to squeeze out those last in the light evening rides and a last taste of dust before everything all turns a bit damper. Make the most of it while you can.
So here is what is going on with Ride Sheffield at the moment… Continue reading
Welcome to the Ride Sheffield summer update, sorry if it seems to have been a little quiet, but just like parliament, we like to get away for a few weeks in the summer, as do the people who we work with! But here is a quick update on what is going on at the moment with Ride Sheffield. Continue reading
Read on to catch up with the monthly Ride Sheffield update for June 2011…
Now that i have two hands that just about work again, i though i would celebrate this by sending out an update on what has been going on in the world or Ride Sheffield (just in case you thought it was all hanging out with world cup racers and drinking farmers blonde out of box fresh five tens!) Continue reading
When Henry Norman and I found ourselves at the latest British Mountaineering Council meeting in Grindleford, it brought home to me just how many climbers ride mountain bikes and vice versa. During the evening, I managed to get into more conversations about biking than climbing and it was a good illustration of just how the worlds of mountaineering and mountain biking overlap. For both groups the Peak District is sacred ground. For climbers, it can justifiably claim to be one of the crucibles of the sport, a place where heroes climbed and standards continue to escalate. For mountainbikers, it’s debatably the best wild riding in the country, a perfect combination of wilderness and outrageous technicality. Continue reading
In September 2009 Sheffield City Council (SCC) gave a notice that they wished to close 2 of the 3 bridleways which run across the Fox Hagg nature reserve near Lodgemoor. These are shown on the map below as the paler red lines directly below the blue line by the Fox Hagg Nature Reserve signs. SCC claim that as there is the third remaining bridleway running from and to the same points that the other 2 are not needed. As part of these works SCC are trying to link the changes of 2 footpaths to permissive bridleways that run from the A57 snake pass to the corner on Lodge Lane and from the far end of the 3 bridleways mentioned above down to the bottom of Wyming Brook. Both of these upgrades have now been completed and are available for us to enjoy.
Several parties objected to the proposed closures in addition to Ride Sheffield, the CTC, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and the Byways and Bridleways trust all put forward cases against SCC’s request. After a review meeting with SCC about the issue and another with the CTC and CPRE we have continued with our objections and the three parties are working together as head toward a Public Enquiry on the case. We have submitted a combined objection, the Byways and Bridleways trust have also submitted and objection and all of these are now with the inspector reviewing the case. He will visit the site this month and then make his decision as to wether the bridleways can be closed by SCC or must remain. We will announce the results of the enquiry as soon as we hear them.
If you have any questions about this matter please send us an email. Going forward Ride Sheffield will continue to oppose any other closures of Bridleways in the area and will fight for and support any requests to create new ones or upgrade rights of way.
Sheffield lies in an enviable position on the fringe of the Peak District, an area regularly trumpeted in the pages of MBUK and What Mountain Bike. However, the burgeoning Steel City mountain bike community is revolting. The lack of easy links into the National Park and the City Council’s sustained campaign to pave every half-decent bridleway have led to a rebellious mood. Continue reading