ON THE TRAIL
June 14 2013.


At the end of March 2013, the Trail/Enduro category total was up by a substantial 23.8 per cent year-on-year and it continues along that upward trajectory. In the current June issue of Motorcycle Trader, regular columnist Mark Williams takes a close look at the organisation that is arguably responsible for this relatively stable phenomenon, the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF).

"The TRF has been around for 43 years. Its original remit was to save green lanes - as relevant now as it was then, if not more so. Successive governments have introduced legislation, much of it implemented by vindictive or cash-strapped local authorities, that has reduced by more than a half since the TRF was founded the number of (technically unsurfaced) public roads, AKA green lanes, legal for vehicular use.

During that time, the TRF has amassed a great deal of expertise in fighting the legal cases necessary to prevent these routes from being downgraded to bridleway or footpath status, and thereby maintaining our right to ride on them. Thanks to this background work, the Fellowship is now unarguably stronger and better-equipped to win such cases, as it has recently against the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Peak District National Park Authority and English Heritage. Indeed, the TRF is the body other motorcycling organisations turn to when seeking advice on fighting anti-motorcycling and Rights of Way (RoW) battles ...."

To read more about the TRF, turn to pages 14 - 16 of Motorcycle Trader June 2013 or CLICK HERE to read the digital version.