House approves Culver’s bicycle trail bill

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Wes Culver’s (R-Goshen) bill that would create the Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force.

The task force would be responsible for developing reasonable and actionable concepts to connect existing bicycle trails throughout the state while determining how to best fund their proposals.

“Indiana’s bicycle trails have been expanding over the years, but are still relatively scattered,” Culver said. “By creating a statewide network of trails, we are promoting tourism and economic development within the state, encouraging people to experience Indiana’s natural beauty and helping provide a better quality of life for residents.”

Members of the task force would be volunteers appointed by the governor. The task force would develop proposals over a two-year period, and would then submit a report of its proposed concepts to the governor.

According to Culver, the legislation has been viewed favorably by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The bill also has the support of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Transportation and many local interest groups.

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on House Bill 1174, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Wes Culver represents House District 49, which includes portions of Elkhart County. 

A high-resolution photo of Culver can be downloaded by clicking here.