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Off-road bikes

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Advice on off-road bikes in Rochdale

Are you thinking of buying a quad bike, mini motorbike or go-ped for your child to ride off-road? Don't - there is nowhere legal to ride them within the borough of Rochdale.

  • It is illegal to ride off-road vehicles such as quads, scramblers, mini-motos and go-peds on any public space in the borough of Rochdale. This includes parks, pavements, waste grounds or parkways.
  • If one of these bikes is ridden off-road, your child will be breaking the law and there is a risk of a hefty fine, an ASBO or a breach of tenancy.
  • 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 license and an approved crash helmet just like a real motorbike.
  • 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 in the borough of Rochdale, but there are organisations that provide information on events and practice grounds, where off-road bikes and quad bikes can be ridden legally.


​​Report antisocial behaviour or make any other community safety related complaint such as off road biking and ball games or phone 0300 303 8878

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Alleygating Team

01706 924687

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm.

In an emergency dial 999.

Community Safety Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU