Five Bills For Better Mountain Biking Need Your Help!

This is a rare opportunity to pass important legislation to create, enhance and protect the places we ride (and recreate) by December 21. This is mountain bikers' last solid chance this 115th Congressional session to tell our representatives to act.

Congress is working on a package of outdoor recreation bills, many of which the national mountain bike community (People for Bikes, IMBA, etc.) has helped craft and has advocated for throughout this legislative session. It’s time to get these bills across the finish line. Please contact your representatives and tell them time is running out—you demand action for outdoor recreation!

We have drafted a form letter for you to useRecreation Legislation Support Letter 2018.

  Feel free to copy, cut and paste into the email message field of an email to your representative. Just insert appropriate representative’s information, your name and any additional thoughts and send to the provided email address link. Of course, let us know ANY questions and THANK YOU!

The Bills

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a popular, bipartisan program that funds great outdoor recreation opportunities all across the country. From the mountain bike perspective, eight IMBA EPICS, from Arkansas to Montana to Wisconsin, have been made possible through LWCF. Congress let the fund expire on September 30, and it loses $2.5 million per day without reauthorization. Learn more HERE. Read the full text of each related LWCF bill below.

The Recreation Not Red Tape Act (RNR)

The Recreation Not Red Tape Act (RNR) will add recreation to the missions of more federal agencies, will strengthen volunteer partnerships and will create bike-friendly national recreation areas, among other benefits. The mountain bike community worked hard to shape key components of the RNR Act. This is the best bill for more mountain biking introduced this Congress. Learn more HERE. Read the full text of the bill HERE.

The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act

The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act will create a fund to address the multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog on our public lands. This fund would help support better maintenance for trails, trailheads and campgrounds, and offers a thoughtful solution to the fast-growing problem of deferred maintenance. Learn more HERE. Read the full text of the bill HERE.

Every Kid Outdoors Act

The Every Kid Outdoors Act will provide all fourth graders (and three adult friends) with free access to public lands and waters. It expands the opportunity for children and their families to experience and appreciate our iconic public lands, trails and waterways. This bill has successfully passed the House but must pass through the Senate next. Learn more HERE. Read the full text of the bill HERE.

RTP Full Funding Act

The RTP Full Funding Act stands for Recreational Trails Program, which sources funds from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and provides those funds to states for recreation projects (including the brand new trail dozer here in Teton Valley and multiple other trail projects). This bipartisan bill will better analyze revenue, revenue opportunities and reporting from the HTF in order to streamline the funding process and improve the distribution of funds to states. Learn more HERE. Read the full text of each related bill below: All these bills have bipartisan support and many have made substantial progress. But our current lawmakers need to know they are a priority to get across the finish line, right now. It is crucial that they hear from you.

 

Idaho Delegation

U.S. Senator James E. Risch  SR-483, Russell Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2752 Email Senator Risch HERE U.S. Senator Mike Crapo 239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6142 Email Senator Crapo HERE Rep. Michael Simpson 2084 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5531 Email Congressman Simpson HERE

Wyoming Delegation

Senator John Barrasso 307 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-6441 Email Senator Barrasso HERE Senator Mike Enzi 379A Senate Russell Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3424 Email Senator Enzi HERE Rep. Liz Cheney 416 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2311 Email Congressman Cheney HERE