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« on: 08 January, 2007, 23:01:50 PM »

Due to the nature of green lane events numbers have to be limited, on a first come first served basis, to 4 vehicles per group, maximum.  The number of groups, and therefore the total number of attendees, will depend on the number of leaders available for any particular event.  The reason for this is to ensure that group numbers are kept to a manageable size as well as complying with a well recognized Code of Conduct adopted by all national green laning groups and clubs.  Our own Code of Conduct is based on the code produced by GLASS, to which we are affiliated and as such, have agreed to comply with. 

It is also possible that anyone organising a laning event may need to limit the number of groups and, therefore, the total number of vehicles that can go on the event.  Laning isn't quite like going to an Off Road Centre, where numbers don't really matter.  These sort of restictions may be needed to keep the logistics of route planning etc... to sensible proportions.

Please bear in mind that while reccy trips are normally carried out in advance of a laning event to assess the suitability of the tracks for a club event, it cannot be guaranteed that any laning event will be 100% non damaging.  Some minor scratching may occur due to the nature of the byways and tracks that will be driven.  (Unfortunately, we can’t send out the hedge trimmers in advance !).  A description of “Non damaging” is nationally interpreted as meaning no major damage, i.e heavy scratching, dents or underbody damage, although the odd minor grounding in ruts may occur. A good layer of polish applied to the paintwork before a laning trip will help make it easier to polish out any minor scratches afterwards.

Reccy trips are carried out from time to time to check lanes that we have either no first hand knowledge of, or haven’t driven for a long time.  To ensure that the route that is planned gives a good mix of lanes and scenery.

During a reccy trip we sometimes end up spending part of the day just walking some of the lanes first, to have a look, before committing a group onto a lane that we then have to back out of – very time consuming and depending on the nature of the lane, sometimes very difficult.  As a result, not really much of a day out in terms of numbers of lanes etc…

It’s also possible that part of the reccy day may end up being spent cutting back some overgrowth, if it has become dense enough to prevent “non – damaging” passage.

Whilst we are always interested to hear from volunteers for reccy trips, please don’t be disappointed if we don’t advertise them, as group numbers have to be severely restricted.

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