Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to feel completely comfortable with how your photos will be used by Ride with a View, and as photographers ourselves, we know how important it is to protect your copyright and ensure your photos aren’t used in a way you wouldn’t feel comfortable with or haven’t given us permission to.

This Q&A should answer most questions you might have about the site and how we use your photos, but if you have any questions not covered here, e-mail us at and we’ll respond personally and add our response to the site.

What happens when I tag a photo with #ridewithaview?

By tagging your Instagram photos #ridewithaview or @ridewithaview, your photo will automatically appear on the website.

By tagging your photo in this way, you give Ride with a View what’s called a ‘Licence to Use’. This means that you own the photo and hold the copyright, but you’re allowing us to use the photo on the website. This will be on a royalty-free basis, and will apply for as long as your photo is on Instagram or it’s tagged #ridewithaview

I’ve tagged my photo – does this mean you can use my photo for whatever you want?

No. All we want to do is share your photos with other like-minded people and to get people out on their bikes taking photos. We promise not to use your photos for anything other than this – we’re not allowed to under copyright law, but regardless of the law, it’s not ethical or moral to do this anyway.

As the site grows, it’s possible we might be asked for sample photos – for example if someone is writing an article about us – but if that were to happen, we would never use photos without permission. We would contact you to ask permission, and if you agreed, would make sure you were credited for your work, and if any money was involved, to ensure you received appropriate payment. If we can’t get hold of you or you don’t give us permission, we won’t use the photo – it’s as simple as that.

I didn’t tag my photo, but it’s appeared on the site – can you take it down?

It’s possible for another person to tag #ridewithaview in the comments of your photo – this means that it will be automatically uploaded to the website. We’re working on being able to remove photos from the website ourselves, but the best way to remove it currently is to delete the comment from the photo itself, meaning it won’t appear on the website anymore. If this doesn’t work, get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to remove it from the site ourselves.

That photo isn’t anything to do with cycling…!

We tried to use a hashtag that other people weren’t using, so you could easily search for cycling photos without seeing a thousand unrelated photos on the same hashtag, but nobody owns the #ridewithaview hashtag and we can’t control who uses it – so every now and then you might see photos of horses motorbikes and even cable cars appear on the website. We’re working on ways to remove the photos that aren’t related to cycling – so bear with us…!

Similarly, if your photo of your horse, motorbike or cable car ride has appeared on the website and you want it removed, just get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to take it down.

You’ve re-grammed one of my photos – I didn’t give you permission to do this

We follow lots of photographers on Instagram, and when we see photos we love, we really want to share them with other people. Before we do this, we’ll approach you to get your permission, and when we do re-gram, your Instagram name will appear on the image, and we’ll tag and credit you in the photo description. We will never try to take credit for someone else’s work, or try to pass it off as our own.

If for some reason there’s any confusion about the photo being used or you want us to remove it, just get in touch with us and we’ll take it off our Instagram.

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