Nidd Gorge
The Nidd Gorge and part of the Nidderdale Greenway (running bottom right towards top left)

Campaign aims to stop motorbikes riding on Nidderdale Greenway

in Harrogate/News

A campaign has been launched asking for the public’s help to report incidents of motorbikes on the Greenway in .

The campaign, launched by North Yorkshire and Harrogate District Community Safety Hub, follows a spate of incidents of motorbikes and mini-motos being used on the Greenway over the past two weeks.

This can be a dangerous activity – especially at peak times when the path is being used by cyclists and walkers.

It is also illegal to ride an off-road motorbike or mini-moto in a public place unless it is on the road, taxed, insured, fully roadworthy, displaying a suitable registration plate, the rider has a license and is wearing a helmet.

The campaign aims to advise the public on how they can report incidents of motor bike riding on the cycleway which they witness, together with details of what information they should try and record before they make a report. Useful information to record is:

  • the registration number of the vehicle
  • the make, model and colour of the bike and
  • a description of the rider

The public are, however, urged not to confront the rider.

Posters are being placed at the entrances to the cycle path urging users to report these incidents. Information will also be distributed to areas where it is known that motor bikes and mini-motos are currently being ridden illegally.


Councillor Mike Chambers is Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for Safer Communities.  He said: Riding these bikes on the cycle path and surrounding woods and fields can be dangerous to the rider, and to members of the public and their dogs. Fences are being torn down which then need to be repaired which proves costly to the public purse.

This campaign aims to educate both the riders themselves and the public of the dangers of this behaviour.


Temporary Sergeant Amanda Hanusch-Moore of North Yorkshire Police said: I would urge local residents to call and let us know whenever they witness youths riding off-road bikes so that we can build up a picture of the full extent of the problem and respond appropriately.

This is clearly anti-social behaviour which causes a real nuisance to people using the Greenway and sometimes puts them at risk of being injured themselves by the riders’ irresponsible driving.

Reports should be made by phoning North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Please share the news
  • 8


Support the Harrogate Informer

The Harrogate Informer is asking our readers to support local independent journalism.

We are editorially independent and publish without bias or influence – there is not a rich investor or shareholders that we answer to.

Good journalism is a valuable part of a community, but we want to do more.

Good journalism is about meeting people and covering a story. Our aim is to offer a wide range of news items and present them in an interesting way for all ages.

We are asking our readers to make a small donation, either as a one-off donation or a regular donation each month. Support can be from as little as £1

All contributions are appreciated, whether big or small. It enables us to expand the work that we are already doing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Latest from Harrogate

Go to Top