The photo you see above is of one of two bridges along the Mexican Ditch Trail in east Carson City which were purchased with funds from a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant written by Muscle Powered for Carson City. Other projects in our area which have benefited from the RTP are the Carson Valley Discovery Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail, the Halo Trail and the annual Tahoe Rim Trail Association Crew Leader Training in Reno. All of these projects were possible, or greatly benefited, because of this program!
Here is how you can help.
From IMBA’s website:
“The Recreational Trails Program is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails. RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the U.S. Congress.
This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills. In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.
In the House, RTP was included in legislation forwarded by the committee, but Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has an amendment to eliminate the program. The entire House of Representatives hears the bill later this week.
Take Action in the Senate!
Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to “VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21,” or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.
Take Action in the House!
Call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121 and ask them to “VOTE NO on amendment #230 by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that will eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.”
RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.”
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