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House Passes Bill to Expand BST

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman John Curtis Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act to extend the unique and popular trail, which will ultimately stretch 280-miles upon completion.


“With the rapid growth in and around Salt Lake City, it is more important than ever to support new recreation opportunities such as the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST),” said Rep. Curtis. “As someone who loves walking and biking this trail, I am excited to bring greater access to more Utahns.”


The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate where Senator Romney champions this legislation with the support of Senator Lee.


The Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act:


  • Releases 326 acres of wilderness divided over more than 20 small locations, to accommodate the advancement of the BST in Salt Lake County and Utah County, two population centers in high demand for additional recreation opportunities.
  • Resolves a wilderness boundary issue in Birch Canyon to ensure the trail that runs parallel to the road can be fully utilized as a multiuse trail.
  • Designates 326 acres of wilderness to preserve land formerly owned by the Boy Scouts of America in Mill Creek Canyon that fully offsets any wilderness release to accommodate the BST.


The bill has received support from the following NGOs, government entities and private businesses: Trails Utah, NICA- Utah League, IMBA, People For Bikes- Bike Industry Association, American Trails, Mountain Trails Foundation, Trails Foundation of Northern Utah, Salt Lake Valley Trails Society, Trust for Public Lands, Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee, Herriman Trails Alliance, Outdoor Alliance, Utah Valley Trails Alliance, Cache Trails Alliance, Governor of Utah- Herbert, City Of Draper- Mayor Troy Walker, Alpine, Davis County, Utah (Jeff Oyler - Planning Manager), Provo City-Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, Sandy, UT, Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, Outerbike, Chile Pepper Bike Shop, ENVE Composites, Skull Candy, POC Sports, Mad Dog Cycles, Electrify Bike Company, Infinite Cycles, Contender Bicycles, SPEEDMountain, SRAM, Trek, Quality Bicycle Products, Jenson USA, Vista Outdoors, Yeti Cycles, Kona Bikes, Niner Bikes, Pivot Cycles, Marin Bikes, Bike Flights, Showers Pass, Stan's No Tubes, Finish Line Technologies, Primal Apparel, Canyon Bicycles, Kuat Racks, Feedback Sports, Chamois Butt'r, Voler Apparel, Bicycle Technology International (BTI), Park Tools, Saris Brands, Orbea Bicycles, and YT Industries USA.