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BOLT Act: following a fast-moving mountain bike bill through Congress

BOLT Act: following a fast-moving mountain bike bill through Congress

A bill to promote biking on federal lands across the United States and bolster the outdoor recreation industry is awaiting approval by Congress. If passed,…

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A bill to promote biking on federal lands across the United States and bolster the outdoor recreation industry is awaiting approval by Congress. If passed, the Biking on Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act will identify at least 10 existing long-distance bike trails and identify at least 10 areas where there is opportunity to develop or complete such trails.

IMBA has been working with its Local and industry partners and other like-minded organizations to get the BOLT Act passed. Read the full bill here .

Below is a timeline of the bill’s progress to date. BOLT Act Timeline

January 2018: Long Distance Bike Trail concept is proposed

IMBA hand-delivers an administrative action concepts memo to the Department of the Interior’s Senior National Advisor to the Secretary for Recreation. The memo identifies the concept of designating a legacy system of long distance bike trails. This sets the stage early for the eventual introduction of the BOLT Act. 2018-2021: IMBA’s concept memo makes its rounds in Congress

The concept memo makes its way around congress while IMBA targets specific long distance trails with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act. November 18, 2021: BOLT Act is introduced

The BOLT Act is introduced by Senators Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). The bill is co-sponsored by Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). “This bill would allow the Department of Interior to pinpoint opportunities to develop or complete long distance bike trails as well as allow the Department […]

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