Draft Code of Conduct - Bridlepaths in Lake District National

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If anyone is interested - from Cumbria Crack:
"Wherever you live in Cumbria, the chances are you make use of more than a thousand kilometres of public bridleways, byways and designated cycleways across the Lake District National Park – and now the GoLakes Travel programme wants to hear from you.

A new Code of Conduct is being drawn up for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, to make them more aware of other users on shared routes and to help stamp out the minority of people who are act in an inconsiderate way. It will include information about standard signs and symbols, to raise awareness about the different types of routes, alongside practical tips such as reminding cyclists to leave enough room for other passers-by and to ring their bell as they approach other people

David Robinson, Access and Recreation Developer with the Lake District National Park Authority, explains, “This isn’t about telling people what to do or not to do. We just want to make everyone more aware that a range of different users are out and about on these routes. The last Code of Conduct was created back in 1998 for mountain bikers, but with an ever expanding cycle network supported by the GoLakes Travel programme, it’s a good time to reiterate the need for mutual respect and understanding.”

The new draft Code of Conduct – called ‘Keep On the Right Track’ – contains similar common sense advice given out by organisations such as the British Horse Society, Sustrans and Developing Mountain Biking Scotland. It’s hoped that copies of the short wallet-sized code will be available from tourist information centres, bike shops and outdoor shops across the county later this summer.

But before Keep On the Right Track is finalised, the GoLakes Travel Programme is asking for people throughout Cumbria to voice their opinions about the guidelines. The public consultation will take place Friday 23 May-Monday 16 June, with anyone able to view the draft code via www.golakes.co.uk/righttrack during this period. All comments are welcome please contact David Robinson directly on David.robinson@lakedistrict.gov.uk with your views."
 
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