RTP on the Verge of Elimination in U.S. Senate
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is in very deep trouble. The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has approved transportation reauthorization legislation, known as MAP-21, that would effectively eliminate the RTP by stripping the program of dedicated funding.
But all hope is not lost.
IMBA, with its coalition partners, has been working to identify key champions in the Senate. The goal is to get an amendment that restores dedicated funding for the RTP added to the bill before it is considered.
Reaching this goal will not be possible without your help.
Take action! Contact your Senator today, and tell them to protect dedicated funding for this absolutely essential program.
The key message is simple:
- Unless the bill is changed, MAP-21 will effectively eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.
- Please amend MAP-21 to include dedicated funding for RTP.
The RTP constitutes a tiny part of the massive federal Transportation Bill, but it's vitally important to mountain bikers across the country. RTP funding 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, and boosts economic activity in hundreds of communities.
Now is the time to act. Email or call your Senators. Also make sure that your IMBA Chapter or club is engaged!
We need to show the U.S. Senate just how many Americans are committed to the Recreational Trails Program. If we don’t act, the very backbone of trails in America may be lost forever.
Don't worry about what to say. Use our script:
"Thank you for taking a moment to speak with me. I am calling to ask Senator (your Senator's name here) to support the Recreational Trails Program. In the current version of MAP-21, the Recreational Trails Program is effectively eliminated. Please amend MAP- 21 to include dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program."