A bill to create additional bike lanes in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley has been fully approved by the federal government.
The Bonneville Shoreline Development Act (BSTAA) was passed by Congress in December and was later signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Located in the fast-growing Salt Lake Valley, BSTAA will expand Bonneville’s famous coastline and provide more bike trails in the area. The bill achieves this by adjusting land administration boundaries and adding additional routes for the larger network.
Mountain bikers have spearheaded the expansion of the trail, and the latest win is the culmination of years of hard work, said David Vince, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bikers Association (IMBA). news release.
“This is a monumental and historic day for trail and mountain biking!” Vince said. “We are delighted.”
While the Bonneville Coastal Trail already passes through dozens of communities, there are still plans to expand it further. While over 100 miles of trails have already been built, organizers hope they will stretch 280 miles from the Idaho border to Nephi, Utah.
Other groups supporting trail expansion include the Bonneville Coastline Committee and Trails Utah, who introduced the bill in July 2020 and again in March 2021.
It has been a long road to finally pass the law. IMBA has been involved with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail project for over 20 years, working with local stakeholders on planning and development.
IMBA worked closely with Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to make the bill a reality.
“The Bonneville Shoreline Trail provides great outdoor recreation opportunities for Utah residents, but several wilderness areas along the trail prevent full use of the trail,” Senator Romney said in a press release. “I’m proud that our legislation has crossed the finish line.”
As Salt Lake City continues to grow, it’s important to provide more recreational opportunities, Rep. Curtis said.
“As someone who enjoys walking and biking this trail, I’m excited to provide greater access to more Utah and proud that this expansion will be passed into law.”