Crime, antisocial behaviour and nuisance Off-road bikes

Advice on off-road bikes in Manchester

Are you thinking of buying a quad bike, mini motorbike or go-ped for your child to ride off-road in Manchester? 

DON'T - there is nowhere legal to ride them.

  • If these bikes are ridden off-road, you will be breaking the law and risk of a hefty fine, having the bike seized, being subject to ASB enforcement powers and/or a potential breach of your tenancy;
  • It is illegal to ride off road vehicles such as quads, scramblers, mini-motos and go-peds on any public spaces in Manchester. This includes parks, pavements, waste grounds or parkways;
  • To ride a bike on the road it must be especially built for road use. The rider would have to be over 16 and will need registration documents, MOT, road tax, insurance, a licence and an approved crash helmet just like a real motorbike; and
  • Riders risk serious injury, even death, to themselves and pedestrians.

Is there anywhere legal to ride them?

There are no places to legally ride off-road vehicles within Manchester.

However, there are organisations that you can join across the north west that provide information on specially staged events and practice grounds where off-road bikes and quad bikes can be ridden legally. The Amateur Motorcycle Association is a good place to start looking.

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