A bill that would create a special license plate to fund mountain bike trails was approved by lawmakers in Idaho’s House and now moves to the state’s Senate.
HB 486 passed on a vote of 49-18 on Feb. 22. The plates would create a revenue stream for the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Department to use itself or allocate to user groups for trail creation and maintenance. Each plate sold and renewed would earmark specific amounts of money to fund trail work.
By law, the funds would be permitted only for trails that are open to mountain biking but not restricted to just cycling, according to Geoff Baker, a Boise resident, mountain biker and a board member of the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association who launched the effort.
A date for when the bill will be voted on in the Idaho Senate has not be set. In the end, equestrians, hikers, runners and off-highway vehicles would benefit from the plates.