Freerider’s Code of Conduct

Download the Freerider’s essential companion, the ‘official’ Forestry Commission approved Mountainboarder’s Code of Conduct…
In the early noughties, WX founder and remolitionary Fayjay was minding his own business de-padding in the car park after another successful days riding, when he was accosted by one the local Forestry Commission rangers. He was none too happy that he had been mountainboarding in their woods. Something which Fayjay had been doing for over a year at the time and the spot itself was well on the radar for other riders in the area. Well, after a brief discussion the ranger was taking the line that all mountainboarding in the woods was prohibited.

This is a fairly common situation riding crews have found themselves in, if you have been unlucky you may have run in to someone who wanted to stop you riding. Before you have even been given chance to explain what you are doing.

Incidentally, if this does happen don’t get angry, it’s time to start work on their level to find some common ground so all parties can get something they are happy with. Both Team BAD and MEBA have taken this approach after meeting an unhappy land owner. Which, after some meetings and talking things over have gone from a ban to permission to ride and better still the OK build a few features and shape in some trails. Now with this as a background, Fayjay wasn’t going to get banned from his favourite riding spot without a fight.
So, he got the particulars of the ranger and info regarding the best person to talk to about the possibility of gaining permission to ride. From there, things moved along pretty nicely. Which resulted in this code of conduct put in place with the end result of not only Fayjay being allowed back into his favourite woods, but also this code of conduct for Mountainboarders which has already been used on  Forestry Commission land. Result! Nice work that man.
So read it, remember it, follow it and print it out ( laminate?! ) and keep it in your riding bag/car, so if you do meet someone while out riding who shouts foul play, you can produce it. To show them you have considered what you are doing and have got a set of rules to play by. It should also be handy when it comes to finding an agreement which keeps everyone happy, and only you know how far you can bend the rules without breaking them, and maybe yourself.
More about the Forestry Commission:
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain’s forests and woodlands.

DOWNLOAD THIS, PRINT OUT & CARRY WITH YOU WHILE FREERIDING!

The Forestry Commission deliver practical programmes to make sure that, as communities and individuals, we can get the most from our forests and woodlands.

The Forestry Commission are constantly looking for ways to share their knowledge, plan activities and develop new initiatives to provide benefits for the economy and for our health and wellbeing.

They work with a whole range of partners from private sector landowners to sports clubs, local communities to national businesses, on a whole host of recreation, regeneration and educational schemes.

Their responsibilities span research, commercial timber production, sustainability programmes and policy, as well as learning and leisure.

The Forestry Commissions’ goal is always to ensure that, at a practical level, Britain can use its forests to contribute positively to as many of the nation’s needs as they can while sustaining this great resource for the future.

www.forestry.gov.uk/

Also, when riding your mountainboard out and about generally ( ie not on Forestry Commission land ), common sense says follow the Country Code :

Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs

Leave gates and property as you find them

Protect plants and animals and take your litter home

Keep dogs under close control

Consider other people

This is a pretty comprehensive map of places to ride  Google Mountainboard Map

Also check out our resources for more hints, tips, guides, and links.
Peace!