Kansas bill threatens trails; please contact legislators

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Brent Hugh, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Brent Hugh

    Brent Hugh Guest

    The following message is from Dale Crawford, advocacy chair of the Johnson County (Kansas)
    Bicycle Club.

    A bill, HB2583, that would have a very bad effect on Kansas trails, including mountain biking trails
    and rails-to-trails projects, is working its way through the Kansas legislature. More about the bill
    & its negative effects is here:

    http://mobikefed.org/2004_02_01_advocacyalertsarchive.html#107775890675108864

    The bill could come to a vote as soon as today (27 Feb) or Monday (1 March 2004).

    If you know anyone who lives in or near Kansas, please forward this along to them. But I think it
    helps a lot to have out-of-state people write, too. Negative national attention is a pretty strong
    force . . .

    --Brent bhugh [at] mwsc.edu

    --begin forwarded message----------------

    It is URGENT you contact Kansas legislators TODAY (27 Feb 2004), if at all possible as tomorrow may
    be to late. This bill has moved faster than a strong August wind through committee, has been debated
    on the House floor and is expected to be voted on today or Monday at the latest. The Farm Bureau and
    Kansas Livestock Association are lobbying hard to push it through fast to bring a permanent end to
    rail trail development in Kansas.

    Below is:
    - a link to all Kansas legislators - http://www.kslegislature.org/houseroster/index.html

    - a link to find out who your House Representative is if you do not know.
    http://www.kslegislature.org/redistricting.html

    - A sample letter you can paste into your email. Just fill in your city on the first line.

    Please take these few minutes to save the future of rail-trails in KS. My apology if you get more
    than one copy of this URGENT email.

    Dale Crawford JCBC Advocacy Chair
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------

    Please vote no on House Bill No. 2583, related to recreational trails rail-banked corridors. I am a
    voting bicyclists and recreation trail user from YOUR CITY HERE. I support the efforts of not-for-
    profit organizations, such as the Kanza Rail Trail Conservancy, Inc., who have the development
    rights for the Flint Hills Nature Trail, a 105-mile trail from Osawatomie to Herrington, KS, and the
    55-mile Landon Nature Trail, a north from near Pomona north to Topeka. Since September 2001
    significant progress has been made by KRTC member volunteers on targeted segments of those two
    trails as well as by other organizations on only a few other corridors in Kansas. Hopefully those
    efforts can continue, unhampered by the onerous provisions of House Bill No. 2583 and can be
    expanded to include other corridors throughout the state. All of these volunteers have not received
    compensation and are motivated solely by trying to provide recreational and economic development
    benefits through the rural areas for future generations of Kansans.

    Our goal is to create something like the KATY trail in Missouri that will benefit all of Kansas, and
    particularly the rural areas through which the trail runs that potentially could benefit from the
    economic development that follows such developed trails. House Bill No. 2583, if it becomes law,
    will have a chilling effect on the development of existing rail-banked corridors, and will deter
    future organizations or governmental entities from undertaking the development of additional
    recreational trails within Kansas, to the detriment of all Kansans. I am against House Bill No.
    2583, and would encourage you to not approve the bill as contrary to public policy of the State of
    Kansas. In addition, House Bill No. 2583 is contrary to the public policy of the federal law that
    allows rail-banked corridors to be used for interim trail purposes.

    Thank you for NO vote on HB 2583.
     
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  2. Cberry

    Cberry Guest

    test, and yes I do live in the land of oz
    "Brent Hugh" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > The following message is from Dale Crawford, advocacy chair of the Johnson County (Kansas)
    > Bicycle Club.
    >
    > A bill, HB2583, that would have a very bad effect on Kansas trails, including mountain biking
    > trails and rails-to-trails projects, is working its way through the Kansas legislature. More about
    > the bill & its negative effects is here:
    >
    >
    http://mobikefed.org/2004_02_01_advocacyalertsarchive.html#107775890675108864
    >
    > The bill could come to a vote as soon as today (27 Feb) or Monday (1 March 2004).
    >
    > If you know anyone who lives in or near Kansas, please forward this along to them. But I think it
    > helps a lot to have out-of-state people write, too. Negative national attention is a pretty strong
    > force . . .
    >
    > --Brent bhugh [at] mwsc.edu
    >
    > --begin forwarded message----------------
    >
    > It is URGENT you contact Kansas legislators TODAY (27 Feb 2004), if at all possible as tomorrow
    > may be to late. This bill has moved faster than a strong August wind through committee, has been
    > debated on the House floor and is expected to be voted on today or Monday at the latest. The Farm
    > Bureau and Kansas Livestock Association are lobbying hard to push it through fast to bring a
    > permanent end to rail trail development in Kansas.
    >
    > Below is:
    > - a link to all Kansas legislators - http://www.kslegislature.org/houseroster/index.html
    >
    > - a link to find out who your House Representative is if you do not know.
    > http://www.kslegislature.org/redistricting.html
    >
    > - A sample letter you can paste into your email. Just fill in your city on the first line.
    >
    > Please take these few minutes to save the future of rail-trails in KS. My apology if you get more
    > than one copy of this URGENT email.
    >
    > Dale Crawford JCBC Advocacy Chair
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----
    > ----------------------------------------
    >
    > Please vote no on House Bill No. 2583, related to recreational trails rail-banked corridors. I am
    > a voting bicyclists and recreation trail user from YOUR CITY HERE. I support the efforts of not-for-
    > profit organizations, such as the Kanza Rail Trail Conservancy, Inc., who have the development
    > rights for the Flint Hills Nature Trail, a 105-mile trail from Osawatomie to Herrington, KS, and
    > the 55-mile Landon Nature Trail, a north from near Pomona north to Topeka. Since September 2001
    > significant progress has been made by KRTC member volunteers on targeted segments of those two
    > trails as well as by other organizations on only a few other corridors in Kansas. Hopefully those
    > efforts can continue, unhampered by the onerous provisions of House Bill No. 2583 and can be
    > expanded to include other corridors throughout the state. All of these volunteers have not
    > received compensation and are motivated solely by trying to provide recreational and economic
    > development benefits through the rural areas for future generations of Kansans.
    >
    > Our goal is to create something like the KATY trail in Missouri that will benefit all of Kansas,
    > and particularly the rural areas through which the trail runs that potentially could benefit from
    > the economic development that follows such developed trails. House Bill No. 2583, if it becomes
    > law, will have a chilling effect on the development of existing rail-banked corridors, and will
    > deter future organizations or governmental entities from undertaking the development of additional
    > recreational trails within Kansas, to the detriment of all Kansans. I am against House Bill No.
    > 2583, and would encourage you to not approve the bill as contrary to public policy of the State of
    > Kansas. In addition, House Bill No. 2583 is contrary to the public policy of the federal law that
    > allows rail-banked corridors to be used for interim trail purposes.
    >
    > Thank you for NO vote on HB 2583.
     
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