The Mountain Biking Working Group has been established to progress the proactive management of mountain biking in the Surrey Hills. It brings together a group of landowners, access managers, users and businesses.
The Working Group has developed the following position statement;
- Cycling is an activity in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty carried out by a wide range of people that should be appropriately acknowledged.
- The use of the bike as a means of travelling across the Surrey Hills needs to be accepted, recognising the benefits to health and that responsible use causes negligible damage to the environment or conflict with other users.
- Opportunities to improve existing routes should be reviewed regularly with the aim of making routes more sustainable; providing a network of mountain bike trails across the Surrey Hills and drawing bikers away from bridleways that are suffering from overcrowding and conflict. Where possible, more facilities, including the development of single tracks and family routes, should be provided.
- Irresponsible behaviour should be discouraged e.g. inappropriate speed, lack of consideration for others and cycling techniques which cause erosion.
“Mountain biking is here to stay, it is a growing sport and we need to work together to manage it.”
David Mir, Chairman of the Mountain Biking Working Group.
The Surrey Hills Mountain Bike Working Group with the help of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) has drawn up a Mountain Bike Code of Conduct. The code is designed to encourage mountain bike riders to enjoy cycling safely in the countryside while looking after the fragile woodland environment and showing consideration for the walkers, children, horse-riders, wildlife and dogs who share the Surrey Hills with them.
Members of the Mountain Biking Working Group
Chairman – David Mir, Surrey Hills Board Member and Mole Valley District Council
Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator
Peter Evelyn, Surrey CLA
Paul Redsell, National Trust
Peter Copping, Friends of the Hurtwood
Lucy Bryce, Surrey Wildlife Trust
Adam Godwin, Forestry Commission
George Chapman, Batcheller Monkhouse
Ian Warby, B1KE
Claire Saunders, Surrey County Council
Hannah Gutteridge, Surrey County Council
David Farmer, Cycleworks
Dan Webb, Head for the Hills
Richard Kelly, B1KE
Raluca Bunea, Peaslake Village Stores
Stuart McLachlan, Capel PC
David Lees, Friends of the Hurtwood
Mark Trezise, Rural Affairs & Wildlife Crime Officer
Simon Pratt, SUSTRANS
Caroline Price, Marketing Communications Officer, Surrey Hills Board
For further information on the Mountain Biking Working Group, please contact Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator on 01372 220 646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.