Don’t Deviate From Green Lanes

The police, gov, ACU and Manx National Farmers Union are asking motorcyclists to respect green lanes and stay out of fields.

Riding an off-road motorbike or 4×4 away from marked greenlanes or public highways is an offence under section 28 of the Road Traffic Act.

This reminder follows reports of a group of off-road enduro bikes riding over land from Snaefell Mines to the Veranda, over the Snaefell Mountain Railway tracks and towards Windy Corner during Monday’s racing period. 

A separate group was also seen riding on Snaefell at the same time. Illegal riding of this nature causes damage to our local habitats, wildlife and disturbs livestock.

A statement said: ‘The reckless disturbance of livestock in any area close to the TT course not only endangers riders, marshals and spectators but in this case is also harmful to one of Britain’s most threatened birds of prey – the Hen Harrier. Hen Harriers are ground nesting birds and are highly susceptible to disturbance, and the Manx Uplands supports the highest density of breeding hen harrier in the British Isles.

‘It is acknowledged that the majority of visitors are legally and respectfully using our greenlanes and greenway roads, some are regularly used to access some of the more remote vantage points during road closures. Anyone using the lanes for this purpose are asked to ensure they stick to the designated tracks, do not disturb any livestock or wildlife, and to remove any rubbish or litter when they leave. 

The miles of unsurfaced highways on the Island provide access to our countryside for off-road motorcyclists, 4×4’s, horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians in a way that also protects the natural habitats around us.’

All visitors and locals who wish to use the greenlanes and greenway roads should purchase the Outdoor Leisure Map available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal and local bookshops.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) and the Police are making enquiries regarding the riders and photos circulating on social media. 

If you would like to report any suspected illegal access please contact either the Police on 631212 or the DEFA Ranger Team on 07624205250.