PeopleForBikes: President’s New Proclamations Could Jeopardize 150 Miles of Bike Trail

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On Monday, December 4, President Trump visited Salt Lake City to make an unprecedented announcement that will dramatically reduce the area of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

“The President’s attack on our public lands puts 150 miles of pristine bike riding at risk,” said Tim Blumenthal, President of PeopleForBikes. “We will continue to fight tooth and nail alongside our partners to keep this land as national monuments.”

According to PeopleForBikes initial assessment, the President’s proclamations eliminate land protections for more than 150 miles of trail including:

  • The Burr Trail
  • Lockheart Basin
  • Elk Ridge

The announcement will have far-reaching economic impacts as well. Bike riding is an essential contributor Utah’s economy providing:

  • $773 million in spending
  • nearly 7,000 jobs
  • $44 million in taxes for state and local governments

“As an international biking destination, Utah relies on its world-class trails to bring visitors to the state. A loss of this magnitude is sure to have ripple effects across Utah’s recreation economy,” said Alex Logemann, PeopleForBikes Director of State and Local Policy.

Since President Trump signed his executive order calling for a review of the National Monuments, PeopleForBikes has been working with a broad coalition of businesses and organizations to preserve these pristine public lands. During the public comment period, 2.7 million people shared their opinion with the Department of the Interior, with 98 percent of people supporting existing national monuments.

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