[Photo: The FATS trails in Georgia were built with RTP assistance.]
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is incredibly valuable to mountain bikers in the U.S. No federal funding source comes close to creating the trail opportunities that RTP puts on the ground in all 50 states.
The RTP needs your help! Join IMBA's phone-in campaign by contacting members in the House of Representatives. You can send an e-mail, but in the time window before us we urge you to consider calling.
Be sure to mention that RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story. It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated economic activity in countless communities.
You don't have to make a long speech when you call. Just voice your support for funding the RTP, and urge your representative to sign a "Dear Collegue" letter authored by Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) in support of the program.
Recent RTP Success Stories
If you need more convincing that the RTP is a powerful asset for mountain bikers, consider these recent headlines:
- In Alabama, RTP funding is helping put more than 50 miles of IMBA-designed singletrack on the ground at Coldwater Mountain.
- RTP funds will be combined with in-state funding to develop Colorado trail projects worth $1.7 million
- The FATS trails in Augusta, Georgia, have boosted economic vitality while creating an enduring recreational resource.
Read more about RTP funding and mountain biking by visiting IMBA's web resources.
This advocacy effort is part of IMBA's Public Lands Initiative.
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