A CHARTER has been drawn up in a bid to reduce the impact of mass cycling events in the New Forest.

The National Park Authority (NPA) and other organisations in the district have published a comprehensive blueprint for organisers of the events, which often attract more than 2,000 entrants.

It follows a flood of complaints about the speed and volume of cyclists taking part in the rides.

The latest event, the New Forest Spring Sportive, sparked a new round of controversy after saboteurs tried to disrupt the ride by throwing nails across the route and 18 cyclists were banned from all future events after urinating in public.

Last year the NPA and other organisations published a revised cycling charter in a bid to banish bad behaviour.

Now the same team has produced a draft charter that provides the organisers of mass cycling events with a long list of do's and don'ts.

The document contains advice on a range of issues, including how to liaise with local communities, provide effective marshalling and ensure that residents are able to supply plenty of feedback.

An NPA spokesman said: “The New Forest is unique in that it is a working forest with forestry, farming and equestrian activity on its narrow roads and tracks. Great care is needed to avoid unnecessary conflict and ensure the safety of all.

“We are confident that event organisers will find the charter useful and implements its recommendations.”

To read the full charter click here