Find out why it's important to open up more of the rights of way network for cycling, what the legal process is and how it needs improving...
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
Map Modification Orders (MMOs)
- Highway authorities should make resources available to ensure that the definitive map accurately represents the full bridleway and byway network before the ‘cut off date’ of 1 January 2026.
- CTC will normally oppose moves to downgrade or delete bridleways and byways, and support upgrading or creating them.
- As the current system is overly resource-intensive, the Government and its agencies should take steps to develop and implement more effective ways of making and confirming Orders.
Public Path Orders (PPOs)
- The needs of residents, landowners and businesses should be sympathetically considered whenever they want to make reasonable diversions around residential properties or farm buildings, or alter the line of a path so that it goes round the edge of field (headland), rather than across it (cross field).
- If, however, the diversion means that cyclists would suffer a loss of amenity, or usability (e.g. longer and/or steeper routes, poorer surfaces etc), CTC is unlikely to support the proposal.
- CTC will, however, normally oppose any proposed downgrades (e.g. downgrading a bridleway to a footpath that cyclists can no longer use).
Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)
- Wherever possible, CTC will liaise with highway authorities to seek alternative solutions to TROs on byways, bridleways or unsurfaced roads.
- CTC will normally oppose any regular renewal of a temporary TRO, because remedies to deal with the problem in question should be the priority.