Voluntary Mountain Bike Ban
30 May 2018
We ask that mountain bikers respect the standing agreement between the Snowdonia National Park Authority and various mountain bike user groups and stay off the Llanberis, Snowdon Ranger and Rhyd Ddu paths between 10 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from the 1st of May to the end of September.
The agreement was put in place to prevent potential clashes between incredibly high volumes of walkers and cyclists at peak times. It has worked well for many years, showing that all users can share the paths successfully, but this does rely on cyclists complying with the agreement, which most do.
Cyclists should also be mindful that under Countryside Act 1968, they should give way to both pedestrians and horse riders at all times on a bridleway, and failure to do so (that is riding in a manner which is deemed to be reckless) is a criminal offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Cyclists should also be aware that they could find themselves liable in the case of any injury caused to pedestrians or equine users regardless.
We’re delighted that so many mountain bikers come to Snowdonia and choose to ride on our highest mountain, and the success of this agreement could lead to increased access in other areas over time, so we would urge cyclists to please respect other users and exercise due caution - especially on their descents.
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