Why the TRF was founded
"It was more about exploring and discovering the lanes that were out there because they weren't being used… …the way the legislation was structured meant that we were able to use quite a network of lanes on which vehicular rights were not set in stone, but evidence existed which said a right of vehicular access had existed on that lane. And as Lord Denning said, "once a highway, always a highway.""
How green lanes came into being, how we used to argue our case and how it has changed now.
"What we had to rely on in those days was, we had evidence to say that a route had been a highway. That evidence might have been a 'tithe' map, which is a map that was produced by the clergy. 'Tithe' is actually old English for 'tenth'. A tithe map was a map that they used to calculate a tenth of everything that was taken off people who produced stuff from the land. The land owners, it was in their interest to say what routes ran over their land because they got recompensed for the area of route that ran over their land, they weren't taxed on it."
Why it's important to be represented at local authority meetings
"I've just retired from vice chair of the local access forum for North Yorkshire County Council. I was sat on that from its inception which was about 10 years ago. What I found was that, I'd sit through maybe a meeting three hours long and nothing would be on that meeting that would pertain to motorcycles and the countryside. But, occasionally something would come up. And then, what you would get is a number of prejudices and people saying things that were blatantly not right. It was only the fact that there was someone there that actually used motor vehicles in the countryside to say "well that's not right" or "this is actually what is happening" or "this is why we are using these rights of way". Then suddenly people's prejudices are challenged, or they are given the knowledge that they had never been privy to before and it changes attitudes, softens attitudes and it also prevents councils from riding rough shod or simply not briefing people about the situation."