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moley087

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moley087 says:

Research - Please Read!!!

Afternoon all,
Just doing a bit of research for an article I'm thinking of writing. Figured i'd put a post on here and test the water before I took it any further.
In your part of the country do you find yourself having problems with dirt/motorbikes using bridleways? I personally have had trouble with them and narrowly avoided a couple of nasty incidents. Do you often come across them? Do you often see tyre tracks on bridleways? Do you know anyone who has had accidents directly caused by this problem? Interested to know if this is just a local issue or a national one.
Also what are peoples general views about upkeep of bridleways, good all in all or plenty of room for improvement. Are there enough bridleways in your area?

Any general thoughts/musings appreciated!

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MizzPurpleKitten

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Re: Research - Please Read!!!

Hi, I hope this helps :-) I haven't personally had many issues with dirt bikes using bridleways in my area although I have passed one or two in the few years I've lived here. Wouldn't say it's a big problem altough that could be because a few of the farms in the area allow dirt bikes to ride on their land on evenings and weekends so I guess it could be because they have somewhere they can go :-)

With regards to bridleways, don;t get me started! We have loads of bridleways in the area BUT only some of them are maintained at all, so much so that al lot of those lovely well surfaced tracks which would have been suitable for a good canter at one point are now rocky and covered in stones where the surface has washed away/been worn away over the years!We're a lot luckier in the bridleways respect than a lot of other people don't get me wron but I would love it if those poorly maintained bridleways and tracks could be resurfaced and tidied up a little.

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Research - Please Read!!!

 Never passed any dirt bikes at all in my area. Probably because we have no bridlepaths! None! At all! Recently there was a horrific accident involving one of my friends, her pony and a log lorry. it could have potentially been avoided if we had safer areas in which to hack. Hope this helps.

Woodhouse JT <3

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Research - Please Read!!!

Where I used to keep Tommy there were loads of trial bikes on the bridleways.  90% of them would turn off their engines and wait for us to pass the other 10% thought it was some kind of sport to frighten horses.  The worse ones I ever came across came over the lane in front of us from tracks above got to the bottom of the valley then wheel span in the mud till we went past.  Needless to say we went past at a flat out gallop with no brakes.  It was always much worse at weekends so i never bothered to hack out at the weekend just wasn't worth it. 

I've only met one group of bikers since i've moved, in a very narrow path 3 out of 4 of them switched of their engines the other one I think just didn't understand about horses, I dont think anyone had ever explained the carnage that could happen if you frighten a horse. 

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moley087

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moley087 says:

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Hey guys,

Many thanks for the replies. I've been asking around on quite a few forums of late and getting A LOT of similar responses, the main issues are not dirt bikes but simply a lack of bridleways and where there are any how badly they are looked after! The BHS estimates that 3000 incidents a year occur with horses and cars and I think we would all agree that we dont particually want to be on the roads, we just dont have any choice!

All comments taken on board and I'm going to get my article published as prominently as possible,

Ben

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PhilippaG

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PhilippaG says:

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We have lots of dirt bikes using the bridleways by us, and recently the 4 wheel drive club has been going down the byways.

The dirt bikers are normally 40yr olkd men who are very responsible and turn off their engines etc, but it's the damage they do to the ground - they make a furrow in the iddle of the path which makes the path hard to walk on and it fills with water when it rains

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: Research - Please Read!!!

Hello,

 

Im in lanarkshire & its ridiculous..... and to be honest they enjoy seeing  the horse upset! I actually stopped hacking because of it and started going silly times like first thing sunday mornings etc when I knew (hoped & prayed) they werent there.

They have actually taken alot of the gates completely off so they have access

 

xx

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ghost

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ghost says:

Re: Research - Please Read!!!

Every Weekend trial bikes hit the bridleway which runs the length of the farm where I keep my horse. The council will do nothing about it even though it has been reported countless times. Our bridleways are not in good condition although some have improved and some have anti bike methods installed but fenced with barbed wire so I don't ride them much as hate barbed wire.

I'm lucky my horse is too big for the trial bikes to miss and I will put us sideways to block the bikes from passing us. The tracks are a complete mess and now I can't really ride on them, I feel like hitting the footpaths as we have been pushed off the bridleways, but I'm just too much of a coward to do so.

If you need some pics I can assure you bikes on bridleway every Sunday as a min, they fly passed my field thinking they are all that! one day I may just push them off their bikes just to make me feel better. If there is anything we can do to sort this issue out I'm in. 

I'll be checking out the BHS survey.

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