A Green Lane Association (GLASS) awareness day in West Yorkshire has reinforced that off-piste activity will not be tolerated.
The Holme Valley area in West Yorkshire has seen a significant increase in off-piste activity recently so an awareness day was organised in the area by GLASS.
GLASS, along with the West Yorkshire Police, Trial Riders Fellowship and the Peak Park Rangers gathered on May 29 and the day was spent with talking to 4x4 drivers, motorcyclists and ramblers about responsible driving and riding - with one walker thanking the teams for their efforts to protect the countryside.
West Yorkshire Assistant Rep Alex Davidson, said: ‘Meeting up with the representatives of the other organisations involved was good, putting faces to names, building working relationships and exchanging information on this and other activities.
‘The day went well. Chats with several 4x4 drivers and motorcyclists hopefully got the message across about the right and responsible way to use these lanes. Talking to walkers and local people was encouraging with the message being well received that we were trying to act to ensure the lanes are used correctly so that all users can enjoy them - one person even thanked us for trying to protect the countryside.
‘This campaign will continue - some of us feel passionately about protecting our green roads and that involves both education and, where necessary, enforcement by the relevant authorities. We do not want to see vehicle rights taken away from these lanes because of the actions of the mindless minority!’
GLASS is hoping to organise some voluntary maintenance work to repair a section of lane where deep and wide puddles make it difficult for walkers, helping keep the road open for all users.
For more information about GLASS and the code of conduct click here.
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