Time is running out. We ask that all of our friends that ride bikes take a moment to add a comment on IMBA.com. All comments will help the cause- even if you just click the sample form. The worst case scenario is that Mountain Bikers stay apathetic on this issue- and harm our chances at further access to new trails and places to ride our bikes.
Take Action to Increase Opportunities for Bicycling in National Parks
For Immediate Release
Contact: Drew Vankat, Policy Analyst
At long last, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule change which will make it easier for parks to open trails for mountain biking. IMBA urges mountain bikers to register comments in support of the rule change. IMBA has been asking for this change since the 1990s. We now enter a 60-day commentary period to make the change official.
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You can read IMBA’s white paper analysis of the proposed rule change and view the entire text in the Federal Register online. We know that several groups are working to defeat this proposal — it will take thousands of comments in favor of the rule change to ensure it stays intact.
As the proposal explicitly states, none of the NPS procedures for environmental review — or opportunities for public commentary — will be diminished by this change. What it will achieve is a much more manageable system for adopting mountain biking trails. The proposal states, “As a general matter, the proposed rule provides park superintendents with a more efficient and effective way to determine whether opening existing trails to bicycles would be appropriate in the park unit they manage.”
IMBA believes that this measure will enhance national parks and deserves your support — please file your comments today!
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