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right of way

1. The right of one person or vehicle to travel over another's property, as in The new owner doesn't like it, but hikers have had the right of way through these woods for decades . [Mid-1700s]
2. The right to precede another person or vehicle, as in Sailboats always have the right of way over motorboats, and swimmers do over any kind of boat . [Early 1900s]
See also: of, right, way
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But category 3 and 4 rights of ways - those used only occasionally and those with "no obvious benefit or potential" - will be sidelined.
Viv Knight, EGB secretary, said: "Many of us have bridleways and rights of ways near to where we live that are overgrown, have poor gates, no signs, and uncooperative landowners who do not like horse riders.
Nigel Jones, of the Countryside Agency, said: 'If we can improve the quality of the routes and rights of ways and enhance the overall quality of the visitor experience it will undoubtedly boost our regional economy.
At the January meeting of the full council Clr Cahal Burke, a Lindley Lib Dem, said: "An increasing number of the public rights of way in Lindley are becoming inaccessible due to lack of investment and bad weather.
Clr Bolt said: "One of the housing areas which was built many years ago has rights of way all across the land as it was never diverted by the developer.
WCG plans on extending its network to encompass a total of 33,000 route miles of fiber optic cable utilizing pipeline and other rights of way.