Saturday, 03 May 2014 11:44

Cycling Agreement on Snowdon

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From Thursday, May 1st until Tuesday, September 30th, cyclists will be asked to stay off Snowdon’s bridleways between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. in an attempt to avoid accidents when paths to the summit are at their busiest.

Every year, Snowdonia National Park Authority prepares for the introduction of the Voluntary Cycling Agreement on Snowdon. This Agreement revised and agreed in 2003 asks mountain bikers to avoid using the bridleways on Snowdon at these specific busy times.

It was originally introduced in response to concerns that the large numbers of mountain bikers and walkers using the paths during the summer season could result in accidents and Snowdonia National Park Authority remains keen that mountain bikers continue to honour the Agreement, for the sake of their own and walkers’ safety and to avoid the need to consider a Traffic Regulation Order on the mountain’s bridleways.

Ray Andrews, a representative from the local mountain bike club, Clwb Beicio Mynydd Eryri said,
“The route up and down Snowdon makes for the ultimate Welsh cross country ride and the voluntary agreement of use during the busy times helps ensure that this epic journey is safer and more enjoyable for all mountain users.”

Snowdon Warden Helen Pye applauded mountain bike users for their commitment to the agreement,
“2013 saw the vast majority making a huge effort to keep to the agreement. This was really encouraging, and mountain bikers should be applauded for this. We are however concerned about the increased incidents involving bikes near the train tracks especially when it’s difficult if not impossible to spot an oncoming train in low visibility. As a result, we’re currently working with representatives from mountain bike societies and the Snowdon Mountain Railway to address this issue”.

Helen added,
“Inconsiderate mountain biking during busy times can be dangerous, but also I’m sure fairly frustrating for the mountain biker. But it’s worth remembering that there are other incredible mountain bike opportunities in Snowdonia aside from Snowdon in the busy summer months, including fantastic trails at Coed y Brenin and the down-hill track at Antur Stiniog”.

More information about the Snowdon Cycling Agreement can be found on the National Park website: www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/Activities/Cycling/voluntary-restrictions.

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