On March 3 2017, Congressman McClintock from California introduced H.R. 1349.
The bill, H.R. 1349, puts mountain bikers on the same footing as campers, hikers, hunters, and equestrians by restoring federal agency authority to set conditions on cyclists’ use of trails in Wilderness.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act, S.3205, on July 13, 2016 in the 114th Congress.
This modest reform will effectively revert the rules regarding bikes and Wilderness back to what they were from 1981 to 1984, when access was conditionally allowed. This bill will reaffirm the original goal of Congress with the Wilderness Act which intended that non-motorized, unconfined recreation be allowed.
The Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act also includes a section on maintenance that will allow the use of wheelbarrows and small scale motorized equipment (chainsaw), to insure that the trails in our Wilderness Areas are traversable.
We hope to have this bill reintroduced in the 115th Congress soon.