In a rare example of bipartisan cooperation, on June 17, 2020 the US Senate voted 73-25 in support of the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957), which if it becomes law will allow for billions of dollars for the construction and maintenance of trails on public lands. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
In an email sent to members, the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) is asking for mountain bikers to contact their Representatives to urge them to vote in support of the bill, saying:
We can’t overstate it: this bill means billions for trails. This funding is unprecedented and long overdue. For decades, the recreation community has worked to protect programs with funding levels in the millions. Now, the Great American Outdoors Act would fund trails, parks and public lands to the tune of $2.8 billion per year. It fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the trail maintenance backlog for the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. IMBA and our partners worked hard to include the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in the bill, as those agencies are vital for mountain biking.
Cycling West urges its readers to join IMBA’s call to action. You can contact your Representative though the link below: