Over a month ago, I spread the word about the threat of defunding RTP...

(For the past two decades, the Recreational Trails Program steered roughly half of all federal, OHV fuel taxes toward trail improvements. The budget grew to nearly $100 million, which was split between motorized and non-motorized projects. But more than ever before, RTP is imperiled by a congressional reauthorization that would divert 100% of these OHV-related taxes to non-trail projects. In other words, OHV users will continue to pay, but trail riders will no long benefit.)

...Well, trail enthusiasts contacted their congressmen, and the House bill revived RTP funding! Unfortunately, the Senate promptly removed it from the bill, which could be voted into law as soon as this Tuesday, March 6th. Senator Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring an amendment to continue funding RTP at a relatively modest $85 million nationwide. So far seven others have stepped up to cosponsor it (Michael Bennet D-CO, Richard Burr R-NC, James Risch R-ID, Bernard Sanders D-VT, Jeanne Shaheen D-NH, Debbie Stabenow D-MI, and Mark Udall D-CO).

Please save trails by urging your senators to support the Klobuchar amendment (#1661) of the transportation bill (also known as MAP-21 or S. 1813). The quickest way to comment is through the American Motorcyclist Association...

UPDATE: Save the Recreational Trails Program

For details you can also read the alert from Coalition for Recreational Trails...
The Recreational Trails Program Needs Your Help -- Right Now!
...along with one from IMBA...
Urgent - Speak Up For Trails Today!

This critical issue calls for a quick response. Thanks!


Clif Koontz
program director
Ride with Respect