mike Irving wrote:
the whole point of the protest is to show the Anti's that if we are banned from the lanes we are going to be on the roads......where else can we go?
I cannot say to you please don"t ride the Lanes.......after all they are public rights of way and you entitled to. the point is you might not be able to for much longer..........hence the protest.........you can do as you please especially not for the sake of a protest......heavens forbid......
But dont worry you might not need to ride 3 or 400 miles round trip at all because there will be no lanes to come to. Better still you might not even need to ride the few miles to your local lanes because you cant ride them either. You might have to buy a trailer though so you can enter an Enduro or go to a "pay and play"...........YOU CHOICE
the majority though would really appreciate your assistance with OUR protest on the 26th.
Most of my riding mates are not in the TRF, so we do our own thing. A few of us have joined up recently to help with the fight to save lanes, and we had around 20 of us in the Peaks on 24th April. 1/3 rode with the TRF and 2/3 did our own ride.
I cannot pursuade any of my mates to commit to riding an enduro bike on tarmac after the expense of driving a van for 3-400 miles, so it really is a case of no one turning up, or 8 - 10 riding the green lanes, the tarmac between them, and be seen parking up in car parks and petrol stations as per the original protest idea.
When we go on long distance rides, we need a critical mass of riders and also key riders with the transport to be able to do it- ie we need to have enough vans, and cram them with as many bikes as possible to keep the costs affordable.
As said before, I am seeing an increasing number of riders that have given up caring, as they feel we are fighting a loosing battle, with total closure inevitable, and are riding what they can for as long as it lasts. The natural progression of this is to ride off-piste and try not to get caught, which is one of the main unintended consequences of relentless lane closure. (which of course I am not condoning)