With 24 hours to go

Over 3,600 mountain bikers have pledged their support for the Trails for Wales campaign that closes tomorrow (October 2).

With 3,655 respondents, Trails for Wales has reportedly had the highest level of engagement  between the Welsh Government and the off road cycling community ever. Alongside individual mountain bikers, ten major bike brands, including Giant, Trek and Whyte have also pledged their support for the campaign.

The campaign is hoping to provide Wales with the open access that has been enjoyed by Scottish mountain bikers since 2003, the aim is that England will follow too.

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Increased mountain bike access benefits the Scottish economy by £46.5 million a year, with indirect expenditure of up to £119 million and generates over 1,300 jobs.

Gwenda Owen, CTC’s Trails for Wales campaigner, said:

“Trails for Wales has enjoyed a huge ground swell of support from all types of cyclists and now the cycle industry has signed up too.

“The Welsh Government has confirmed they’ve heard the off road community’s call for increased responsible access, which proves what can happen when cyclists come together for a common cause.

“It’s too soon to celebrate at such an early stage in the consultation process, but CTC is confident we can achieve our collective end goal of opening Trails for Wales for everyone’s enjoyment.”

There is still one day to go with the campaign so it’s not too late to throw your own weight behind it. You can make your voice heard by clicking here.