Off-Road Equity for Pennsylvania Motorcyclists

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We, the undersigned, a close-knit community of off-road motorcycle enthusiasts, submit our humble appeal for better access to Pennsylvania’s ATV trail system.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) develops and maintains 267 miles of diverse ATV trails within the Commonwealth’s state forest system for recreational use. Sadly, only 1 of 11 tracts of state forest with ATV trails is open to off-highway motorcycles (OHMs). The lack of OHM trail access stems from the DCNR’s registration requirements and current law. With very few exceptions, ATVs operating on state forest trails must be registered and insured. However, current law provides no means to legally register an off-highway motorcycle; that is until now.

The introduction of the Gabler bill (HB 1706) would amend Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and provide a means to optionally register off-highway motorcycles, such as dual sports and enduros, with the DCNR for use on public ATV trails. Opening registration to OHMs will provide revenue for further trail development and maintenance, which translates to better trails and more riding opportunities for all, NOT just motorcyclists. Each of us can make a difference!

Here’s how you can help:

We urge all riders in support of the Gabler bill to firstly sign this petition.

Secondly, reach out to your local legislators. Explain why this legislation is important to you and kindly implore them to support HB 1706. You can locate your local legislators here.

Thirdly, the DCNR is in the process of amending its ATV Trail Management and Development Policy in response to increased demand for trail riding opportunities. The DCNR is welcoming comments on its policy changes through March 27th. All riders in support of OHM trail use are encouraged to review the revised policy and implore the DCNR to accept the advisory committee’s recommendation to include OHM use on state forest ATV trail systems. Comments are being accepted by DCNR via email (paforester@pa.gov) and the draft policy can be retrieved here.