The scheme, put forward by the Department for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), will fund a Countryside Agency research project, looking at ways to encourage private land to be opened up on a national and regional level.
Rural Affairs minister, Jim Knight said that the project would greatly benefit countryside users, such as cyclists, by raising awareness amongst landowners of the benefits of permitting access to their land.
CTC off-road campaigner, Richard George said: “These proposals are great news for off-road riders and mountain bikers. Encouraging landowners to open up the countryside can only lead to more places to cycle, and we would encourage our members and all cyclists to take advantage of these measures by working with local landowners to ensure that we get the best possible outcome. The government has set the ball rolling: it is up to us to make the most of it.”