* Scotland was confirmed as the top UK destination, both for purpose-built trails and for open access routes.
* All Scottish regions performed well, an excellent reflection of joined-up thinking and decision making, and a very positive endorsement of the support of the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Parliament.
* Wales firmly positions itself above England, both in terms of a usable byway and bridleway network, and the popularity of the Forestry Commission and Tilhill Forestry trail centres.
* England is catching up with Welsh and Scottish trail centres, but almost in spite of any positive political encouragement from Westminster.
* It is evident that the recent Countryside Act has, as expected, produced few expectations of improvement to the byway and bridleway network in England and Wales for cyclists and equestrians.
* The two best performing regions were the East and South-East with the West Midlands providing the least positive assessment.
*Opinion was firmly divided in the East Midlands, no doubt highlighting the drawbacks of amalgamating differently performing counties for the purposes of the survey.
*Overall, Northern Ireland has a long way to go.
* With the state forestry service in Northern Ireland firmly stuck in a recreational dark ages, it is with great relief that we note the excellent initiative by Lafarge Cement to utilise a significant area of disused quarries for mtb and other recreation.
* The byway and bridleway network in virtually all National Parks were rated very highly, with six of the 11 parks assessed getting all ‘green’ scores, reassuringly reflecting the higher budgets generally available for rights of way maintenance.
* Dartmoor NP was the major exception, where mountain bikers quite rightly expressed their indignation at being regarded as criminals by the Dartmoor bylaws, although it is recognised that the National Park has made considerable efforts to provide legal opportunities to offset this rather petty piece of local legislation.
* Northumberland NP also was out of line with the general positive trend, and it is hoped that improvement will be noted in future surveys.
IMBA intends that this will become an annual event so that we can track progress across the UK, so comments and suggestions for improvements that can be considered for future surveys would be appreciated. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org