The Land Access and Recreation Association (LARA) and the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) have formalised their existing partnership by agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding.
The LARA/NMC partnership combines the technical, legal and analytical of experience of LARA with the lobbying and public affairs expertise of the NMC. When working together on issues there will also be the combined strength more than 20 organisations behind activities.
In recent years the range of threats to motorised access to unsealed country roads has increased and is starting to spill over to black-topped roads, both rural and urban, with schemes intended to encourage ‘active travel’. Problems traditionally seen as being about rights of way and other unsealed routes are becoming an issue of concern for all recreational motorists.
The Memorandum establishes a framework for collaborating on preserving and securing access to unsurfaced and and other minor roads and to furthering the aims of each organisation in relation to recreation and sporting activities on both two-wheeled and four-wheeled motor vehicles
The partnership will also raise awareness of the positive contribution of recreational motoring to hard-pressed rural economies and the other positive impacts, such as the benefits for people’s health and wellbeing and for biodiversity.