The British Horse Society (BHS) and Experience Community CIC have joined forces to launch an educational video highlighting and promoting the respectful use of multi-user rights of way.
The video, aimed at those accessing countryside routes by foot, wheelchair, mobility aids, bicycle or horseback, features a wheelchair user and horse rider and details the safe and appropriate ways for the two user groups to pass one another on a multi-user route.
Mark Weston, Director of Access at The British Horse Society said:
“We are delighted that Experience Community CIC and The BHS have been able to work in partnership to produce this video helping to educate both horse riders and users of mobility vehicles or aids.
Multi-user trails are enjoyed daily by a whole range of groups throughout the UK, often with differing needs and expectations. This is achieved by showing respect for one another, being polite, and simply saying “hi”. With the rising number of vehicles on UK roads the need for safe off-road routes for vulnerable road users has never been greater. We hope this video will encourage people to safely explore and enjoy the great outdoors whilst also raising awareness of the vital work that both our charities deliver.”
Craig Grimes, Director of Experience Community CIC said:
“As founder and Managing Director of Experience Community CIC I set out to help other disabled people access the great outdoors. Over the years we have encountered many other trail users such as cyclists and horse riders and it is vitally important that we treat each other with respect, slow down when needed and say ‘hi’.
Horses can be quite intimidating to those in wheelchairs or using a recumbent piece of mobility equipment such as a handcycle. When I first met the horse in the video, Tom, I was uneasy around him, however through chatting to Barbara, his rider, and getting to know him I soon felt at ease. It was a great experience working with them both.”