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Below are some of our past advocacy efforts:


We encourage you to get involved in your local communities and if there is anything that we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are continuing to with communities throughout the state to develop infrastructure and policies to support people-powered activities like biking and walking.  We cannot do this without the your support, so  please consider becoming a member or partner.


Important Action Alert! – Input Needed On BLM Trail Planning At Johnny Behind The Rocks by July 12, 2018.

Learn more below or go directly to the comment form.

The Bureau of Land Management has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR) Master Trails Plan, beginning a 30-day public comment period, that ends on July 12, 2018. Master trails planning at JBR supports the recreation facet of the BLM’s multiple-use mission and will increase access to public lands.

You can read the full Environmental Assessment here: https://go.usa.gov/xQFCr and you can read the BLM press release here: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/input-needed-blm-trail-planning-johnny-behind-rocks.

Please Comment Today! You can use the convenient form below or email Jared Oakleaf at the BLM directly ([email protected]).

We have provided you with some pre-filled suggested talking points, but feel free to modify the message to match your own opinions.  We want your voice to be heard!

Email comments must be submitted by July 12, 2018. If emailing directly, please include “JBR” in the subject line to ensure proper processing of your comment.

For more information contact Oakleaf at 307-332-8400 or [email protected].


Environmental Assessment Background

Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR) is a popular non-motorized trail system located 15 miles southeast of Lander Wyoming. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the system currently consists of 14 miles of designated trails.  Established in the early 1980s, usage of the trail system has increased steadily over the past 20 years, with active management and improved maintenance of the trails beginning around 2010.

The BLM Lander Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that proposes to conduct master trails planning in the Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR) Area to implement the Lander Resource Management Plan (RMP), approved June 26, 2014. The Proposed Action would build and maintain 40 miles of new purpose-built trail, for a total JBR trail system of 63 miles. The new trails are divided into a Block 1 group of trails that would be built first, and a Block 2 group of trails that are more conceptual and would be built in a later phase.

Wyoming Pathways supports the responsible expansion of the trail system at JBR.  Please join us in commenting in support of the new trails proposed. We believe that the longstanding partnership between BLM and trail volunteer organizations like Lander Cycling will provide the necessary resources and expertise to make such an expansion a sustainable recreation opportunity for the Lander community and visitors to the area.  It will also provide an economic benefit to all the regional communities in Fremont County.

The BLM Resource Management Plan identified Johnny BR as an area that should be improved to increase nonmotorized recreation opportunities. The goal is to provide up to a full day (6-8 hours) of trail use. Since the current 14 miles of trail are insufficient to do so, more trails are needed to address this and bring the trail system in line with the RMP.

We encourage supporters to comment to the BLM in favor of the proposed action by completing the form below.  Here is a summary of the BLM’s proposal and our position.

  1. Trails Development:
    1. We support building 40 miles of new trail, including a portion that is horse optimized and bicycle optimized trail.
    2. We do not support the “No Action Alternative” that would not build additional trails and would lead to a degraded trail system with higher impacts as unmanaged usage increases.
  1. Visitor Management:
    1. The EA strikes the right balance with a voluntary seasonal winter closure to protect mule deer. Wyoming Pathways supports this approach.
  1. Trail Plan:
    1. The new trails will be purpose-built to modern sustainable design standards. Wyoming Pathways fully supports the BLM and partners identifying, analyzing, and implementing restoration activities on roads and trails that do not support the goals and objectives for the trail network.
  1. Programmatic Trail Development Criteria:
    1. We support the BLM and partners to responsibly and sustainably design, locate, construct, and facilitate use of trails to minimize adverse impacts to cultural and environmental resources. The EA details a thoughtful list of steps that would ensure this, while also providing for a great trail experience for the users.
    2. Wyoming Pathways supports the plans to design, construct and facilitate use of trails that support the intended range of use, experience, and difficulty level for the trails, using terrain features to ensure sustainability and user enjoyment.
  1. Best Trail Practices:
    1. We support the BLM and partners to implement Best Trail Practices when developing the new trails at JBR.

Help support our neighbors in Lander and write in support today!

We thank you for taking the time to let the BLM know that you support such an expansion of the trail system at Johnny Behind the Rocks as well.  More responsibly and sustainably built trails will benefit Wyoming and are good for trail users and the environment.



Important action alert – Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice

Please help our friends at the Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) – submit your comments to the US Forest Service (USFS) about the Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice.

Comment Today! Written comments must be submitted by May 1, 2018 and addressed to: Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice; Attention: Andrew Johnson, Forest Supervisor, Bighorn National Forest, 2013 Eastside 2nd St., Sheridan, WY 82801. 

Comments or questions may also be sent via email to: [email protected].

Background on the Issue & Topics to Include in Your Comment:

The USFS, Bighorn National Forest is asking the public to provide comments on the recently released Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice regarding the development and maintenance of 15 miles of trail to augment the Red Grade trail system. The document is available for review at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/107866_FSPLT3_4282121.pdf.


The SCLT has suggested the following talking points for your comment:

Specific Red Grade Trails Project points:

  1. This phase of the successful Red Grade Trails will extend the existing trails from the base of the foothills to the top of the ridge. 
  2. The trails are purpose built and designed to provide a positive trail experience for the user and the resource.
  3. To meet these goals, it’s important for a system to provide valued elements such as variety, challenge, scenery, connectivity, and mileage. 

General Points

  1. Trails close to home are important for:
    • healthy, active community.
    • providing space to spend wholesome time with friends and family.
    • connecting youth with nature.
    • giving elders safe access to the mountains.
    • providing a place for people of all abilities to slow down, take a deep breath, and appreciate the beauty of Sheridan County.

Excerpt from Wyoming Pathways’ letter in support of the Project:

The purpose of these trails and the need for action have been well articulated during the prior planning phases with the State of Wyoming and the BLM. The goal for the Red Grade Trails as the Forest Service moves forward with this scoping should be to improve public recreational opportunities and create a quality non-motorized trail system that provides forest visitors with a sustainable and accessible trail system. This is clearly being accomplished with the proposal.

Building on the success of prior phases, this phase of the Red Grade Trails will extend the existing trails from the base of the foothills to the top of the ridge. It is important that the Forest Service continue the thoughtful approach to trail design that has been used thus far. The Red Grade trails should be purpose built and designed to provide a positive trail experience for the user and the resource. It’s important for the Red Grade Trail system to provide valued elements such as variety, challenge, scenery, connectivity, and mileage.

The project strikes the right balance with addressing growing demands for improved nonmotorized recreation options, meeting agency goals to connect people with forest lands, and the need to protect natural resources and mitigate concerns of adjacent property owners. This is a responsible proposal that will provide close-to-home trail access, promote public land stewardship and create better options for different user groups.

The Bighorn National Forest should formally add these new trails into the Trail System database, and update forest trail maps for the public.

The Sheridan Community Land Trust and Sheridan County have done an outstanding job partnering with public land agencies. It is commendable that the SCLT will provide trail construction and maintenance assistance to the Forest Service and adjacent lands for the Red Grade Trails project and that they will continue to be partners with public land managers to assist in the ongoing trail maintenance, stewardship and education.

We believe sufficient planning has been invested to use the Categorical Exclusion decision method allowed under NEPA to approve the Red Grade Trails project. Please approve the Red Grade Trail project as proposed, so that implementation can proceed as soon as practical. A timely decision is needed to continue work on these well-identified needs to improve the quality of the Forest visitor experience and to improve access to our public lands.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments.


We hope that you will take a moment to let the Forest Service know that you support the project.  You can learn more on the Sheridan Community Land Trust website: https://sheridanclt.org/red-grade-trails-project-submit-your-comment-to-the-united-states-forest-service/

Don’t delay, please comment by Tuesday, May 1st.


UPDATE: 

Well, it looks the bicycle commuter benefit did not make into the final reconciled version of the new tax reform bill. What this means is that the benefit will no longer be a deductible expense for employers. As unfortunate as this is, it doesn’t mean that employers cannot still offer incentives to their employees to commute by bicycle, it just means that they can no longer deduct it as a business expense.  We hope that enlightened employers will continue to recognize the benefits to their businesses and their employees of biking to work and will continue to support bike commuting.

We want to thank all of you who responded to the action alerts and contacted Senator Enzi about this matter. It demonstrated that many of his constituents care about these type of issues and it may help in the future. We’ll just keep on pedaling…


If you would like the Bike Commuter Tax Benefit to continue, it is time to act! The tax bill currently going through the reconciliation process in the US Congress may end this important benefit for bike commuters and Wyoming’s Senator Mike Enzi is part of the Senate contingent working on reconciling the Senate bill with the House bill.

The House bill still contains the benefit and the Senate bill does not. We need as many Wyoming residents as possible to contact Senator Enzi and encourage him to work to retain the Bike Commuter Tax Benefit in the final version of the bill. We have provided an action form for you to complete that will be emailed directly to Senator Enzi:

Since the tax reform bill has been finalized, the Action Form for this issue has been disabled. If you responded, thanks for making your voice heard.

Action Alert – SAVE THE BIKE COMMUTER BENEFIT!

A Proposed Senate tax bill ENDS bike commuter benefit BUT keeps commuter tax breaks for driving!

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is on the on the Senate Finance Committee that will be voting on this bill on Monday and we need you to ask him to support an amendment to fix the bill.

The Senate tax reform plan released on Thursday, eliminates the bike commuter benefit while keeping commuter benefits for driving and riding transit! If Congress is going to support benefits for some commuters, they should offer them to all commuters. The commuter parking benefit costs the federal government over $7 billion each year – 35 times the highest possible cost of the bike benefit.  

The Senate is trying to pass the bill as fast as possible – with Finance committee votes starting on Monday. We are working to get an amendment introduced to reinstate the bike benefit, so that the finance committee has a chance to reinstate the benefit to the growing number of bike commuters across the country. 

Please act this weekend – Ask Senator Enzi to reinstate the bike commuter benefit by clicking this link: http://mobilize4change.org/LEjzXYtcompleting the League of American Bicyclists action form and telling him:

1. If Congress is going to offer commuter benefits to some commuters, they should offer them to all commuters!

2. Commuter benefits cost over $8.6 billion each year

3. If every bike commuter in the United States used the bike commuter benefit it would cost less than 2.5% of that amount

4. Eliminating the bike benefit alone does not significantly address revenue lost to commuter benefits

5. The bike commuter benefit is a low cost way to promote healthier, livable communities.

6. The average consumer spends over $4,500 each year on gas and other vehicle expenses

7. The average cost of bike commuting is $350 per year. The bicycle commuter benefit covers up to $240 each year to defray costs of purchase, maintenance, and improvements for commuter bicycles.

Please act today!

 



Teton Pass Trail Grant Application

Great News!  Your voices were heard at the Teton County Commissioners meeting where they decided to move forward with submitting the Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.  Thanks to all of you who submitted your comments.  Read more here.

Action alert – Your help is needed:

Please contact Teton County Wyoming Commissioners in support of the Teton Pass Trail grant application.  You can send your comments to them by using the comment form below or by contacting them directly at [email protected].  The form has been pre-filled with recommended comments (see below), but feel free to edit them to reflect your own voice. Please comment ASAP – The decision meeting is Tuesday April 18th. Teton County will decide whether or not to submit a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.


We need your help to support the Teton Pass Trail, a paved pathway that will connect Wilson Wyoming to Victor Idaho.

The Teton Pass Trail is part of the Greater Yellowstone Trail, a nationally significant regional pathway system underway that is connecting Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone, a remarkable 180-mile pathway system that will create significant economic and public land benefits enhancing communities in three states. Maps and information at: https://www.wyopath.org/our-work/pathways-projects/greater-yellowstone-trail/  

The Teton Pass Trail from Wilson to the Idaho State line is one of the most important segments in the Greater Yellowstone Trail system not yet completed. Already this regional pathway system is providing economic and other benefits, which are projected to increase dramatically with the completion of missing segments such as the portion identified in this grant proposal. A new Teton County Wyoming Project has strong public support and support of cities and public land agencies along the corridor.


Background – What is Proposed:

The Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) is a federal funding opportunity that provides grants to local governments to connect communities to public lands and to improve public access to federal lands. FLAP grants are available for transportation projects – including pathways – that are located on, adjacent to, or provide access to federal lands.    

FLAP grants are distributed state by state. In Wyoming, Teton County secured a prior FLAP grant for Teton Pass, which is being used to design the pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, and from there to the top of Teton Pass. The Wyoming FLAP announced a new call for projects, and Teton County Wyoming is considering a second FLAP request of $1.4 million for the next phase of the Teton Pass Trail, to construct a pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, including a highway underpass at the Campground.

In Idaho, the City of Victor was recently awarded a $2.1 million Idaho FLAP grant to construct a pathway from Moose Creek to the Wyoming/Idaho state line. This will complete a safe off-highway pathway route all the way from Driggs to Victor to the Wyoming state line. Construction is planned for 2018. In addition, Victor just applied for a second Idaho FLAP grant, which will be used to rebuilt a pathway bridge over Moose Creek, and install an highway underpass at Mike Harris Campground to connect to a new mountain bike trail system being built there.

Project Benefits and Need:

There are great benefits of connecting the pathways systems on both sides of the Tetons. Safety will be enhanced for the thousands of visitors and large groups cycling over Teton Pass each year. A pathway will provide economic benefits to both valleys, enhance the transportation network, and provide recreational access to public lands. It is a valuable investment in the future of the region.

The Teton County Pathways already extend from Wilson to the top of Teton Pass on the east side. Just 6 miles remain to connect the two large pathway systems. The new Teton County project is an important step in the goal of connecting Wilson and Victor, and step towards completing the Greater Yellowstone Trail.


Recommended comments:

Dear Commissioners,

I support the Teton Pass Trail, and request Teton County seek additional federal funds for the next phase of construction.

Connecting Wilson to Victor with a pathway improves public safety, enhances travel and tourism opportunities in Wyoming, and improves access to public lands.

This project builds on 15 years of collaboration between Teton Valley and Jackson Hole to connect Wilson and Victor. Its encouraging that Teton County has completed the pathway from Wilson to the top of the pass, and Victor’s pathway will soon connect to the state line. Just 6 miles remain to connect the communities, and this project focuses on the next logical phase of work.

Please approve a $1.4 million FLAP grant application for the next phase of the Teton Pass Trail, to construct a pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, including a highway underpass at the Campground.

Thank you for your consideration,

[your name]

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Please send your comments to the Commissioners by using the form below or by contacting them directly at [email protected].  The form has been pre-filled with suggested comments, but feel free to edit them to reflect your own voice.  Please comment ASAP – The decision meeting is Tuesday April 18th. Teton County will decide whether or not to submit a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.



Volunteer Trail Work at Pole Mountain

We are currently working on a number of projects, but none that require immediate action, like some of the comment and legislative efforts we have had recently (thanks again to all of you who got involved!).  We are gearing up for a major trail work project at Pole Mountain in the Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie.  We are excited about the prospect of improving the trails at Pole Mountain.  

If you have never been there, we highly recommend a visit.  It is a uniquely beautiful area with an extensive trail system that is great for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, cross-country skiers and fat bikers.  If you will be in that area in late May and June, we would be happy to have you come out and join in the trail work fun as a volunteer.  If you are interested, please use this form to let us know and we will keep you posted on project details.


USFS Trail Maintenance Priorities Survey – Deadline: April 7, 2017 – Please Participate Now!

Your input is needed to identify maintenance priorities for the National Forests in the state! The USFS has posted a survey requesting public input on which forests in the Rocky Mountain Region should be considered priority areas for maintenance under the new National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and your responses will influence which forests will ultimately be considered priorities. Wyoming Forests on the list are the Shoshone National Forest, the Bighorn National Forest and portions of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland and Black Hills National Forest.

The deadline for submitting your input is April 7th, so please take a few minutes to complete it right away. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/trailswork.



House Bill 272 Mountain Bike Decals

The Wyoming Legislature is currently considering a bill that would require mountain bikers to buy a $15 decal to be allowed to ride on any public lands in the state.  Only a small amount of the fee would go to support trails, with the bulk going to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for endangered species protection.  We believe that this is the wrong approach and unfairly targets a single trail user group.  The bill was referred to the Wyoming Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee for consideration and could come to the floor of the House of representatives as soon as Friday, February 3rd.  We need you to make your voice heard by contacting your legislators and letting them know how you feel about this.

We will be providing a form on this page soon that will allow you to email your legislators.  Please check back, but in the meantime, please consider doing it the “old-fashioned way” by calling or emailing them right away.  Please also be sure to tell your friends and family to contact them as well.

You can find your legislators and their contact information here: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LSOWEB/LegInfo.aspx

You can read the bill here: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2017/Introduced/HB0272.pdf


Our analysis of the bill and points you can make to your legislators about why this is a bad bill:

House Bill 272 Mountain Bike Decals

The HB-272 is premature. House Leadership should drive this bill into the ditch and appoint an Interim Study to look into a more comprehensive, balanced, and thoughtful approach. Then the legislature may well gain support from the mountain bike community for a fee program. This bill is overly rushed and will likely generate a backlash. 

One key reason is there are currently two formal State of Wyoming planning efforts underway that should first inform this topic before legislation is considered –

    • The Bicycling and Pedestrian System Task Force, which was created by the legislature in 2016 and charged with studying these very issues in Wyoming, and is actively doing so right now. A Final Report is due by October 1, 2017.
    • Governor Matt Mead’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force, which is more broadly studying the outdoor recreation economy and all forms of outdoor recreation. This effort will also provide the legislature with recommendations. 

These are the appropriate venues to gather and vet information on this topic for legislation, not a poorly conceived bill singling out mountain biking with no consideration of the valuable work already underway. The Legislature needs to wait and review both reports before crafting legislation. 

There are too many unanswered questions raised with HB0272:

  • Why does this bill single out mountain bikes (and road bikes)? No rationale has been presented. Any fee proposal should be part of a comprehensive, multi-faceted, negotiated program to address the acknowledged need for better trail maintenance on public lands.
  • Why does nearly 90% of the funding go to non-trail state Game and Fish budgets? That connection to mountain biking has not been explained. While there is a need for additional funding for wildlife and public land stewardship, should the mountain bicycling community support a fee that goes to an agency when there are no programs that support mountain biking? Keep in mind, people that hunt and fish with mountain bikes already buy a conservation stamp and licenses, that would be a double tax for them.
  • Are similar fees being proposed in other legislation on riding horses on the public lands? For driving automobiles, ATVs, or snow machines on public lands? For wolf-watching and grizzly bear photography? For flying drones on public lands?  For hiking boots? For backcountry skis?  For motorboats or paddlecraft? If not, what justifies singling out mountain bikes?
  • Why does HB272 allow the tiny amount going into the proposed “Mountain Biking Trails Account” to actually allow funding motorized trails? Is the OHV program suffering also?
  • What is the Fiscal Impact of this bill? The fiscal notes for this bill state: “The fiscal or personnel impact is not determinable due to insufficient time to complete the fiscal note process.” In other words, we have no idea if this bill will generate revenue or cause a loss of revenue by deterring recreation and implementation and enforcement costs.
  • Why is there no recognition of the huge contributions mountain bikers already make? All around Wyoming, the mountain bikers are donating more to trails than any other nonmotorized user group – to the tune of hundreds of thousands of private dollars and volunteer labor in Cody, Jackson, Sheridan, Lander, Dubois, Green River, Evanston, Casper, Sundance, Laramie, and the list goes on.
  • Why run our kids off public lands? It is the kids on their $100 bikes that are going to lose the most. Any bill really needs an age cut off, an exemption of anyone under 18 or still in college up to 21. There are similar exemptions for hunting licenses.

Wyoming Pathways is open to the concept of a fee for nonmotorized users, but such user fees must to go to trails. The maintenance backlog on Forest Service and BLM public lands is so great, any new user fees would need to go back to trails. Sure, if there was an option to check a box to give an extra donation to a good cause like G&F Threatened and Endangered species management, perhaps, but this bill is not the way.

Recommendations to the Wyoming Legislature:

  • Kill this bill, quickly.
  • An Interim Study has merit and should be considered as an alternative way forward.
  • A committee bill could then be developed that is informed with these new reports, and includes the opportunity for public input.
  • Future legislation needs to connect new funding to trails, with much better assurance that the funds would be used wisely.
  • Spend your limited legislative time advocating for healthy recreation and supporting Wyoming’s many community trail projects.
  • Any future public land use tax bills should first study the revenue implications, including negative impacts on recreation based income, and public health, before being submitted, unlike this one.

Here is the initial post summarizing the bill that we put on Facebook:

On Friday, January 27th, House Bill 0272, “Mountain biking-decals” was introduced into the Wyoming House of Representatives. This bill is concerning in who it targets (a specific user group, folks who cycle on public lands) and how it allocates the decal fee (most goes to the Game and Fish Department and not to trails). We recommend that all concerned cyclists read this bill.

The bill will require cyclists on public lands in Wyoming to pay $15 annually for a decal, which “shall be displayed on the mountain bike or, upon request, by electronic means.” or face a fine of $100. The bill broadly defines “mountain bike” as:

“Mountain bike” means every vehicle propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, including mountain bicycles, road bicycles, hybrid bicycles or any other bicycle operated on public lands;

and “public lands” is defined as:

“Public lands” means lands within the boundaries of the state, title to which is held by this state or the federal government, including any off-road trails, routes, paths, roads or open areas but shall not include any state highway or any street, alley or road maintained by a city or county.

The fees would be allocated as follows: $1 to the selling agent, $12 to Game and Fish and only $2 to a State Parks trail fund.

The sponsors of the bill are Representatives Sommers, Allen, Gierau and Pelkey and Senators Agar, Boner, Driskill and Hicks. We recommend that everyone concerned about this bill contact their legislators and the sponsors of the bill to let them know how they feel.

We will keep you posted on the progress of this bill and will likely provide additional resources to help make your voices heard. Please keep an eye on out here and on our website: www.wyopath.org.



Mountain Bike Route Designation Project

The comment period has ended. Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment.  With the extension of the comment period that Wyoming Pathways was able to obtain, we were able to facilitate a substantial number of comments on this important issue.  Wyoming Pathways staff and board members mobilized to solicit written comments from Governor Matt Mead and the Park County Commissioners, among others. Our Executive Director Tim Young also submitted a written comment and our supporters stepped-up and submitted over 130 comments via the comment form on this page.  Next steps will be for Wyoming Pathways and our community partners to follow up with the Forest to make sure that the improvements to the Route Designation suggested in the comments are implemented.  We will continue to work with the Shoshone on these and other trail issues and will keep you posted on any new developments on this page and on the more comprehensive resource page that we have setup for this issue.


keep-it-public-wyomingKeep it Public, Wyoming

There has been a lot going on in the public lands debate.  We have been following the progress of the proposed amendment to the Wyoming Constitution to pave the way for the state takeover of federal public lands as it works its way through the process to be considered by the Wyoming Legislature.  All of that information has been moved to its own page.

 

 


task-force-commentBicycle and Pedestrian System Report – Public Comments Requested

The Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force, which includes Wyoming Pathways Executive Director, Tim Young, has produced a draft “State of Wyoming Bicycle and Pedestrian System Report” and is seeking public comment on it.  The report is the first document produced under the legislative directive resulting from the passage of Senate File 8 earlier this year:

AN ACT relating to highway, bicycle and pedestrian safety; creating a task force to study the benefits and opportunities of bicycle and pedestrian pathways and natural surface trails in the state;

Develop a report to help the Wyoming Department of transportation, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Department of Health, Office of Tourism, Wyoming Business Council and local communities better understand the opportunities and challenges of bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

Submit a preliminary report on or before October 1, 2016 and a final report on or before October 1, 2017.

Task Force – Mission and Vision; Developed as recommended in Governor Mead’s Board Handbook, “Set Strategic Direction”:

Mission: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force will provide to the legislature and other governmental agencies a report identifying the benefits, opportunities and challenges of bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure for Wyoming communities, residents and visitors.

Vision: Wyoming is a thriving place where people chose to walk and ride on a greatly enhanced transportation and recreation system.

We urge you to review the draft report and give the Task Force your feedback. The recommendations ultimately provided to the governor has the potential to impact all aspects of cycling and walking in the state for years to come.

Comments can be submitted here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfykYouAdf1doNpNK-QZ2RjXjIEMQS-fAdP7_zoviCwud4XWQ/viewform

You can read the draft Bicycle and Pedestrian System Report here:
http://wyomingbusiness.org/DocumentLibrary/Misc/bike/Bicycle%20Pedestrian%20Task%20Force%20Report%20draft%2009-26-2016.pdf

You can also view the article on the Task Force and the new report on the Wyoming Business Council website (with quotes and images from Tim Young): http://wyomingbusiness.org/news/article/wyoming-cycling-study-aims-to-bolster-/10010

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