Bill to create long-distance bike routes clears House

Joshua Murdock

A bipartisan bill making its way through Congress could enhance and expand upon long-distance bicycling routes across the United States if signed into law. 

The Biking on Long-Distance Trails, or BOLT, Act would direct the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to identify at least 10 existing continuous bike trail routes each at least 80 miles long — plus at least 10 more that could be developed — as long-distance bike routes. The bill also tasks the agencies with erecting signage along the routes, providing maps of the routes and promoting the routes, all within two years of enactment. 

The bill was first introduced in the Senate as S. 3264 by Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., on Nov. 18, 2021, co-sponsored by two Republicans and two Democrats. The bill’s identical counterpart in the House, H.R. 6337, introduced Dec. 20, 2021 by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., is co-sponsored by eight Democrats and two Republicans. The House bill passed on July 19. The bill was passed by a special rule vote, so individual representatives’ votes on the bill weren’t recorded. The BOLT Act bill in the Senate has languished in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee since

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