Test case could spell the end of green laning for motorcyclists

Published: 01 May 2008

Motorcyclist’s rights to ride on green lanes and byways in England could be in jeopardy, after public school Winchester College successfully overturned a court ruling that allowed motorised vehicles to use public paths on Twyford Down in Hampshire.

The reversal by the Court of Appeals yesterday is viewed as something of a test case for the rest of England, and was the culmination of a 3-year legal battle brought by the school and neighbouring landowner Humphrey Feeds.

Motorcycles had been granted access to two lanes on the Down after the Trail Riders Fellowship, a voluntary body that campaigns for motorcyclists right to ride on country paths, successfully applied for two lanes on the Down to be opened up to motorised vehicles.