If you want to have reasonable access to Wilderness trails and other backcountry trails where you cannot ride today, please call, write a letter, or send an email to your United States senators and your member of Congress.

The first thing is to find them. The two buttons below will help.  Everyone who lives in a U.S. state has (a) two U.S. senators and (b) one member of Congress, also known as a representative. Please write to all three.


Once you know where to send your communications, you need to write them.

The most important thing is to speak plainly and from the heart about the problem you want to fix.  In this case it’s the federal government’s misinterpretation of the Wilderness Act and resulting blanket bicycle ban.

Here’s a letter template. Use it if you’d like, and please add your own comments, as lawmakers often disregard form communications:

Dear [U.S. Senator or Member of Congress],

I live in [city and state] and am writing to request that you support reversing the regulations that ban bikes in all federal Wilderness areas.  

The Wilderness Act shows Congress had two goals. One was to preserve “Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence.”  The Act has accomplished this nicely.  The second was to protect land for “solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.”  Those are my goals as a mountain biker, but if I want to ride my bicycle I’m banned on every Wilderness trail 100% of the time.  There is no good reason for so broad a ban.  This year’s H.R. 1349 and last year’s S.3205 (the latter titled “The Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act”) will reverse the blanket ban and give local rangers leeway to allow, or prohibit, bikes on a trail-by-trail basis.

Please support H.R. 1349 and S.3205, the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act.  Thank you.


[Your name]

If you would like some help in communicating with your two U.S. senators and your member of Congress, take a look at “How to Talk So Your Lawmaker Will Listen.”   Or send your drafts to info@sustainabletrailscoalition.org and we will help you fine-tune them.