From now until 30 September cyclists are being asked to stay off Snowdon's bridleways during the day, to prevent any issues between mountain bikers and walkers.
The voluntary ban between 10.00am and 5.00 pm is an attempt to avoid accidents when paths to the summit are at their busiest.
Every year the Snowdonia National Park Authority issues a reminder of this Voluntary Cycling Agreement on Snowdon. The agreement, revised and agreed in 2003 by CTC Cymru, the Welsh Cycling Union and the International Mountain Bicycling Organisation, asks mountain bikers to keep off the mountain's bridleways at these specific times.
It was originally introduced in response to concerns that the large numbers of bikers and walkers using the paths during the summer season could result in accidents. Llanberis Community Council, which raised its concerns with Gwynedd Council and the Snowdonia National Park Authority, remains keen that mountain bikers continue to honour the agreement, for the sake of their own and walkers' safety and to 'avoid the need to consider a Traffic Regulation Order'.
Mair Huws, Head of the National Park Authority's Warden and Access Service, said:
'Cycling on Snowdon, when there are hundreds of walkers on the paths, can be a nuisance, frustrating and inconsiderate for others. We are eager to manage the situation and therefore are asking for cyclists' cooperation in respecting the hours which are included in the agreement. We also advise cyclists of other paths which are suitable for mountain biking in the National Park as there are more opportunities to do in Snowdonia these days.'
There's more info on Snowdonia's mountain bike trails here.