While enjoying my favorite activity of winding the staff of Cycleworks up and then being relieved of cash, Dave Farmer mentioned he’d been to a meeting of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Mountain Bike Working Group.
“Who?” said I.
Well you can read a bit more about the Surrey Hills Mountain Biking Working Group on their website although you may well still say “Who?” after you’ve read it. Apparently they fund the little brown signs that say “Surrey Hills” on the roads…
Quite a lot a money seems to flow through this organisation and yet very few people seem to have heard of them. At least there is some sort of unified body that is looking into Mountain Biking in the Surrey Hills area and it’s a good idea to look at what they are doing.
Personally after the recent negative publicity caused by the illegal trails on Ranmore anything we can do to build bridges with other users has to be a positive thing, unless you are one of those who think MTB riders should go round in balaclavas!
Anyway, the working group also produce the Mountain Bike Code of Conduct jointly withe IMBA and the CTC. There’s nothing controversial in there as far as I can see, just good common sense which many of us can forget in the heat of the moment.