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CHEYENNE – A bill that would create a task force to consider the benefits and possibilities for bicycle and pedestrian pathways across the state passed its first committee vote Tuesday morning.

Senate File 8 received support from the Wyoming Senate’s Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee.

The bill would require the governor to appoint a task force with representatives from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Office of Tourism/the Wyoming Tourism Board, Wyoming Business Council and the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Other members would include representatives from bicycle tourism businesses, local or statewide bicycle groups, someone well-versed in equestrian activities, and the state epidemiologist.

The task force’s job would be to produce a report so that the above-mentioned agencies, as well as local governments, would better inform them of the benefits and challenges related to developing new bike or pedestrian pathways.

The bill calls for the task force to produce a preliminary report by Oct. 1, with a final report due on Oct. 1, 2017.

For more on the bill and what it would do, read the full story in Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and at WyomingNews.com.

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