There was a debate in Parliament on the 5th November about the new Highway Code. We featured the BHS request to write to MPs asking that horses be included as vulnerable road users and that the BHS campaign - Slow or Dead Slow - be incorporated into the new Highway Code. To view a PDF report from Hansard of the debate, please click here.
Who to Contact
IN ALL CASES, the EXACT location of the problem will be needed. Bridleway and Highway systems usually have maps for this but if not give a grid reference (at least 6 figures preceded by the 2 relevant letters - see OS maps for instructions). Take care at or near County Boundaries! Please send a copy email to: firstname.lastname@example.org so that the LRBA can chase if necessary. If you are reporting to the Police, please also report to the BHS on https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-work/safety/report-an-incident. To view our list of contact details, please click here and then click on the link you need for your County and type of problem.
Network Rail Warning
Freight trains going South from Oakham will be subject to a 30mph speed limit from Wednesday the 5th of September until the 31st of December. Two bridleways are affected- the E193 opposite the road to Egleton and the E190 from Brooke to Gunthorpe. Network Rail warn that users should not attempt to cross in front of an apparently slow train. Please follow the normal instructions at the crossing, either obeying the red/green lights or phoning the signalman and waiting for permission to cross. There may be a train going the other way.
As you know, all off road horse riding routes not registered at present as bridleways or byways have to be added to the definitive map by 31st December 2025 or else they will be lost for ever! The Leicestershire Local Access Forum has set up a special committee to carry out the detailed historic research needed to prove registration and the LRBA Executive Committee have agreed to donate £300 per year from now until 2025 to help with the incidental expenses associated with this work. If you would like to be involved in this project, either by participating or by making a personal donation, please contact our Networks Officer, Vicky Allen email@example.com who will be delighted to hear from you.
To view,open or print any of our LRBA Newsletters, please go to our new Archives
page and click on the relevant date below that you are interested in.
Association's Facebook Page
The Leicestershire and Rutland Bridleways Association Facebook group has grown to just under 450 members since its inception last October. You can join by going to the site and asking to join and this will then be approved by our moderator. (Don't use LRBA - that gets you to the Louisiana Rabbit Breeders Association.)
It's intended as a site to exchange info re the opening, closing or obstruction of local BWs and other ridden routes as soon as they occur. Also to give information about our Rides, reminders of Area Meetings, and of other LRBA events, such as our AGM.
BHS Riding Hat Standards
The only standards and years now acceptable, with the mark stipulated, are: PAS 015 1998 or 2011 and European VGI 01.040: 2014-12. Both with BSI Kitemark American ASTM Fl l63:2004a or 04a onwards, SEI marked. SNELL E2001 - Official SNELL mark – Australian / New Zealand: AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards. SAI Global marked.
You should find all the information you need in the various sections of this website; but if you feel something is missing and there is more you feel we need to include, then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you, do come and visit us again soon and we hope to see you at one of our events.