Green lanes are historic tracks and routes used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motor vehicles. The highway authorities are responsible for determining the legal status of routes. Some may have vehicle rights, others may not.
Our role in managing green lanes
- We assess all green lanes for their sustainability for use by vehicles.
- We identify actions for priority routes.
- We report to the Authority's members, Local Access Forum and Green Lanes Forum on progress with actions.
- We liaise with residents and all recreational users.
- We work with the highway authorities and the police.
- We monitor vehicle use on all priority routes.
- We encourage voluntary work parties to help repair routes.
- We consider measures of restraint as appropriate.
Some routes have been identified as being in most urgent need of improved management. Known as priority routes, we have developed action plans for these routes based on issues and objectives in line with the principles of our strategy.
Respect, restraint, restriction
Recreational vehicle groups can help users of green lanes understand the environmental issues and they can offer advice about the suitability of routes. They can also promote the Green Lanes Code in order to minimise damage and disturbance. We encourage voluntary restraint on green lanes to reduce impact and conflict of use. Where respect and restraint are not enough, a traffic regulation order (or TRO) may be considered.
Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)
The highway authorities and the Peak District National Park Authority have the powers to make traffic regulation orders in order to legally restrict vehicles on certain routes. The Authority's strategy and procedure sets out how we will manage the use of green lanes by recreational vehicles in the national park and identifies when action will be taken, including the use of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) where appropriate.