What's the difference

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by skinny man0903, 17 Jan 2008.

  1. Between an NCN route and a by way.
    Sorry for the stupid question
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    NCN is "National Cycle Network" which is a Sustrans (spit.. spit) 'thing' An NCN may include on-road non-segregated route, on-road segregated, off-road shared with peds... Frequently to get from A to B you have to go via R, E, I, G, X, C and then Z. Personally I find we have an excellent cycling network already in existance in the UK, called 'roads' and I don't require an NCN to get where I'm wanting to go.

    A Byway concerns more right of way, there are two types:-

    BOAT (Byway Open To All Traffic) these allow the use of wheeled vehicles (all kinds, I think) and is normally used for walking or horse riding. Driving of off-road type vehicles for recreational purposes often happens along BOATs and is a contentious issue in many areas due to the BOATs being wrecked, as they are unsurfaced and the off-road vehciles can churn them up to render them just about unpassable.

    Then there's Restricted Byways, as under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. These allow a right of way on foot, on horseback (or leading a horse, I think), cycling and for any vehicles BUT NOT motorised ones.

    The above is with the proviso that I am not a lawyer etc., etc.
  3. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    NCN routes tend to have lots of trees growing in the middle of them and random 'cyclists dismount' signs.

    Have a look at the Warrington Cycle Campaign site for a worrying laugh. Scroll down for the archive. Plenty of NCN paths featured there.
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