What about other countryside users? The TRF Code of Conduct.

What about other countryside users? The TRF Code of Conduct.

code of conduct - what about other countryside users
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You love motorbikes. You love the countryside. You love adventure and exploration. You love mixing them up and enjoying a day trail riding. Great. Whilst out on your bike you will come into contact with a whole range of other countryside users, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, farmers, countryside residents. Everyone that enjoys our natural landscape has a responsibility to make sure that they are respectful to the land and other users. In the case of trail riding, all TRF members agree to abide by and promote our code of conduct.*

Trail riding is only lawful on public roads. If in doubt, check with the Highway Authority or the TRF. Motorcycles and riders must be road-legal. Green lanes are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.

Wheels can damage crops and grass. Wandering from the road onto farmland or moorland is trespassing.

Ride at a reasonable speed, taking regard of conditions and visibility. This should not exceed the voluntary maximum of 25mph.

Machines must be effectively silenced. Use the throttle with discretion, as noise does offend. Green lanes are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.

Respect the countryside and those who live, work and play in it. Green lanes can be valuable habitats, so take special care in spring and early summer.

With a friendly wave or other suitable gesture.

Except those tied open for farming purposes. An open gate invites animals to stray, endangering themselves, and crops or traffic.

As a courtesy, On narrow lanes, stop and switch off engines.

Carry your membership card with you when trail riding, so that you may identify yourself as a current member of the TRF - and display a current membership sticker.

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The TRF works with other organisations to develop local guidance aimed at conserving green roads, such as the Salisbury Plain Training Area Good Practice Guide.  The TRF endorses and promotes such guidance in order to encourage responsible use.