PeopleForBikes values the need to protect and conserve public lands so people who ride bikes can continue to have access to them. We support policies that improve management plans to ensure that access is protected and that we find new opportunities to expand it in the appropriate places.
Public Lands – Public lands provide some of the best places to ride bikes. However, these lands are constantly under threat from both a lack of funding and proposals to relinquish control of our federal lands. PeopleForBikes works to maintain these critical places to ride:
- Public lands transfer: Our public lands provide endless recreational opportunities, including some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Furthermore, bicycle tourism is an important economic contributor to communities surrounding them.Our public lands continue to experience threatening backlogs in maintenance as well as unfair limitations on bike riding. Federal lands policy should focus on protecting these precious lands, while also ensuring that outdoor recreation, including cycling, remains a key priority for management agencies.
- Agency funding: Our public lands cannot be managed properly without adequate funding for key agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. We work to ensure that the budgets of these agencies are protected.
- Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF): For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped communities across the country to conserve lands and improve recreational opportunities, including bicycling, throughout the nation. PeopleForBikes supports a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as the highest possible funding on an annual basis.
- Recreational Trails Program (RTP): RTP provides another critical mechanism to build new trails. Working with partner organizations, we are working to maintain and grow its funding.
PeopleForBikes supports developing and investing in a transportation system that provides the appropriate infrastructure for the bicycle industry to effectively deliver product to market, while also providing the necessary infrastructure to consumers to utilize those products.