On behalf of the Bike Fed I testified today in favor of a bill in the State Legislature that would keep state trails open 24/7. Currently, according to WDNR rule NR45(2) state trails, which are considered “recreation areas” are technically closed when state parks are closed from 11 PM to 6 AM.
(2) CLOSING HOURS. (a) No person may enter or be within the boundaries of any state park, state recreation area, forest campground, picnic area, beach, headquarters site, amphitheater, ice age center, posted parking areas, Point Beach state forest and specifically designated areas within the Lower Wisconsin state riverway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and the following 6:00 a.m.
The bill, Assembly Bill 730, is being sponsored by Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander). They have secured the support of several coauthors from both parties. The idea originated with the Governor’s Bicycle Coordinating Council of which the Bike Fed is a member.
While it’s getting late in the session (the legislature will adjourn in March) we think we’ve got a fair chance of passing the bill. The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage should vote on the bill soon and then we hope to have it scheduled for a vote in the full Assembly and then the Senate.
Check the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritag here to find out if your legislator is on it.
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