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Rules surrounding e-scooters

posted 30 Mar 2021, 00:40 by Gill Morrell

The following is a facebook post made by Surrey Police regarding the rules on private e-scooters.


We are seeing a rise in the use of e-scooters and there can sometimes be a bit of confusion on where they are allowed on the roads and what the rules are. 🛴
Currently it is illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on a public road, cycle lane or pavement in the UK. So you can only legally ride the scooter on your own land – e.g. so your garden or driveway.
UK law states that if you are found to be riding a privately owned e-scooter that is not being used as part of a government trial, you could be handed a £300 fixed-penalty notice and, if you have one, six points on your driving licence. We hope this clears some of the confusion up.

New BHS reporting App

posted 12 Mar 2021, 01:22 by Gill Morrell

Download the BHS new incident reporting app

The BHS have released a brand new app that enables you to quickly and easily report any incidents* that affect your safety, whilst out riding.

Download 'Horse i' for FREE from the App Store or Google Play today.

They hope this app will equip and encourage many more equestrians to report incidents to The British Horse Society, enabling us to use the data to support our campaigns to improve equestrian safety.

Advanced Notice of Birtle Road Closure 21st Feb 2021

posted 22 Jan 2021, 08:31 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways   [ updated 22 Jan 2021, 08:32 ]

We have been informed by Rochdale Rights of Way Officer that on Sunday 21st February Birle Road will be closed from 9-2.30 We have been advised that it would be best if Horse Riders avoided the area.

Splash Lane to Nabbs Wife and Black Dad

posted 24 Jul 2020, 08:37 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways   [ updated 24 Jul 2020, 09:08 ]

The Bridleway from Splash Lane and Black Dad to Nabbs Wife has now been reopened. 

The Environmental Management Department from Rochdale Council has done quite a bit of work to stop water from the brook overflowing onto the Bridleway and causing water damage to the surface of the path. They have also reinstated the surface of the bridleway and removed the Emergency Closure Notice that was placed on the path back in March.

They have also taken the opportunity to place additional barriers along the route to try and stop motor bikes using the bridleway illegally to get from Birtle to Ashworth Road. 
Any comments regarding the new barriers should be sent directly to Environmental Management as they are monitoring the success of these barriers. (email )

Splash Lane End

Nabbs Wife End

Black Dad End

Bury and Bolton Railway Line

posted 18 May 2020, 11:30 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

After years of canvassing for this by RBBA Chair Irene Pope and Vice Chair Lesley Tierney it looks like eventually we might be making some progress.
This is yet another example of how the fight to get safe off road routes for Horse Riders, cyclists and ramblers is not a quick process but how continuous focused pressure can sometimes reap benefits. 
If at first you don't succeed try and try again.

Could we put it on the website and Facebook page? Lesley is posting it on Ainsworth Riderx and HAC.


Advice from Local MP re Horse Care - April 1st

posted 1 Apr 2020, 05:34 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

The following is an email just received from the Heywood and Middleton MP giving current advice from the Government re Horse Care

Latest Update on Restrictions

posted 28 Mar 2020, 07:38 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

Please make sure that you all comply with whatever the current Government restrictions are. These are changing on a Daily Basis.
Currently these are 
1) assess the necessity for you to go out and the risks to ensure you are not placing undue pressure on the already stretched NHS
2) Only exercise with members of your own household. There is a restriction on more than 2 people gathering in public from different households
3) Make sure you keep at least 2m from other members of the public.
4) Avoid where possible contact with gates and other obstructions. Choose your routes to try and avoid these to prevent the spread of the Virus.
Each and everyone of us have a role to play in the current situation. Make sure you do your part.
Take care, Stay safe and we can look forward to when this is all over continuing with our enjoyment of our hobby.
Please feel free to contact a member of the committee should you wish to discuss anything with us or email us on

Advice from the BHS on equine activities during the current Coronavirus pandemic

posted 25 Mar 2020, 03:58 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

The BHS is supplying advice which is being updated on an ongoing basis
Please keep safe and avoid unnecessary risks which might put you, your families in danger of contracting the virus or will place unnecessary strain on the NHS at these challenging times.

Splash Lane to Nabbs Wife Emergency Closure

posted 6 Mar 2020, 01:12 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways   [ updated 6 Mar 2020, 01:15 ]

Please note that the Bridlepath from Splash Lane (Ashworth Road) to Nabbs Wife (Birtle) has had an Emergency Closure Notice placed on it due to the water damage that has occured making the path dangerous. It will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Rochdale On Line Article re passing wide and slow

posted 30 Sept 2019, 07:40 by Gill Morrell

An article was posted on the Rochdale on Line Website on the 29 Sept 2019 and is replicated here.

Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association praise police exercise educating how to pass horses safely

GMP’s Mounted Unit's Safer Pass Initiative, in partnership with The British Horse Society, saw 21 cars stopped for passing a horse too closely

Local bridleways group, Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association has praised a police exercise educating motorists on how to pass horses safely.

GMP’s Mounted Unit had a successful day out in Bolton on Wednesday 11 September, during their Safer Pass Initiative in partnership with The British Horse Society.

In just an hour and a half, the initiative saw 21 cars stopped for passing a horse too closely and one car seized for having no insurance.

When passing a horse, motorists should always pass wide and slowly – slowing to a maximum of 15mph and passing with least a car’s width, if possible, of space between you and the horse and rider.

Alarming statistics from The British Horse Society have revealed nearly two horses a week are being killed on UK roads, with 845 incidents involving horses and drivers reported last year.

In the last year alone, 87 horses and four people have been tragically killed whilst riding on the roads and 73% of incidents reported occurred due to vehicles passing by too closely.

Gill Morrell, Treasurer of the Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association, said: “We are really pleased to see that this important safety issue is being treated seriously by GMP.

“They are targeting areas of hotspots for future initiatives and so it is important that all horse riders report any near misses to both the police and the British Horse Society, which is compiling statistics for future use.

“This is the second time that GMP have addressed this important issue, as they carried out a campaign a few years ago educating motorists that the correct speed to pass horses on the road is 15mph. This enables motorists sufficient time to react to the potential unpredictable reaction caused by the flight instinct in any horse.

“This initiative can only help support the education that Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association tries to convey as it continues to work closely with councils to promote and secure safe off-road riding for all vulnerable members of the community, including horse riders and cyclists.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society, added: “Working with GMP’s Mounted Unit and their Safer Pass Initiative is a brilliant way to highlight the dangers that equestrians face on our roads.

“By collaborating on this new campaign we hope more drivers will be aware that when they are faced with a horse on the road they should slow down to a maximum of 15mph, be patient and ensure they pass the horse wide and slow, before driving slowly away.

“We also encourage riders to play their part by wearing high visibility clothing at all times and by thanking all road users that pass by safely.”

Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association is an award-winning local voluntary organisation representing local equestrian enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and social background.

It has been working to protect bridleways and by-ways of the area and create new safe off-road routes for horse riders for over 30 years.

You can report indents to GMP and the British Horse Society at:

Date article online: 27/09/2019

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