New bike trail funding plan fails in Colorado |

New bike trail funding plan fails in Colorado

DENVER — Everyone likes bike trails at the Colorado Legislature. But lawmakers have rejected a change to how they’re paid for.

A proposal to use Colorado Lottery money for recreational bike trails failed in the state Senate — because Lottery proceeds are already used for that purpose.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 5-0 against changing the funding mechanism for recreational bike paths alongside state highways.

The bill was proposed by Republican Sen. Larry Crowder of Alamosa. He said his area isn’t getting enough help adding bike lanes on rural highways.

Other lawmakers were sympathetic, but they called the plan unworkable. The Legislature is barred from directing spending decisions at Great Outdoors Colorado, one of the Lottery’s beneficiaries.

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