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New Rule Proposes to Expand Bicycle Use in National Parks

This rule proposes to amend current regulations for designating bicycle use on National Park Service (NPS) lands. The proposed rule authorizes park superintendents to open existing trails to bicycle use within park units in accordance with appropriate park plans and compliance documents under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS Organic Act, and the park's enabling legislation, and other applicable law. The proposed rule continues to require promulgation of a special regulation to build a new trail for bicycle use outside developed areas, or to open an existing trail to bicycle use if such action triggers one of the existing regulatory criteria requiring rulemaking in Section 1.5 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

To read the proposed rule go to

DATES: Comments must be received by February 17, 2009.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the number 1024-AD72, by any of the following methods:

--Federal rulemaking portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
--Mail: National Park Service, Attn. Regulations Program Manager, 1849
C St., NW., MS-3122, Washington, DC 20240.

All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN 1024-
AD72. For additional information see ``Public Participation'' under

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