State Senate Eyes Legislation to Reopen Trails Across the State

Eugene, ORE– The Oregon Public Use of Land Act in theory protects local governments from lawsuits if someone is injured while enjoying public land, but walking, running, and bicycling aren’t explicitly included in the the law.

Some cities and counties across the state have closed trails and bike paths to avoid liability. A new bill in the state senate would fill the gaps in the law’s language to keep those public spaces open.

Open space advocates hope the changes can restore recreational immunity.

The law that protected communities was thrown into question by Oregon’s Court of Appeals last year when a woman sued after slipping and breaking her leg while crossing a trail bridge.


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