AMA Alert: Save the Recreation Trails Program

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) issued the following Action Alert. This is time critical and needs to be done by April 14th, 2011. Act now to save the Recreational Trails Program.

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U.S. Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Mike Michaud (D-ME) released a "Dear Colleague" letter asking members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-administered program. It was first created in the 1991 transportation bill (ISTEA) and operated through state trail programs with the active involvement of diverse trail interests through mandated state trail advisory councils. The program is self-funded through taxes from fuel used in off-highway recreational vehicles.

Petri and Michaud have placed an April 14th deadline to collect signatures. Therefore, time is of the essence and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is encouraging all AMA members, motorized recreation enthusiasts and rights activists to contact their Representative and ask them to sign on to the letter.

Since the deadline is this Thursday, April 14th, the fastest way to reach your Member of Congress is to call them. You can find contact information for your Representatives on AmericanMotorcyclist.com, click on "Rights," then "Issues & Legislation," and enter your zip code in the "Find your Officials" box. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available for you to send to your U.S. Representatives by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

All AMA members and anyone else who enjoys recreating on public trail systems are urged to contact their Representatives and ask them to sign on to the Petri/Michaud letter addressed to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of the RTP.

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If you ever take a small motorcycle or scooter through the woods, on fire trails, to visit friends a few miles away, you know there's no better way to learn control of your street bike, for when you get back out onto asphalt. If you ride rugged terrain I recommend having a ride that is light enough that you can lift it. In the wilderness, you never know what kind of varmints you might run into, so arm yourself accordingly. As far as ATV's go, I never owned one, but they look like they'd be worthwhile if you live next to the right trails. If I had to trailer an ATV or 2-wheeled scoot to the trail, it had better be a really good trail that goes for many, many miles for me to go to all that trouble. Perhaps some good trails could come of this program? I don't know if any have, but would be interested if anyone knows of the ideal off-road trails that connect small towns.