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I would almost say every good thought I've had during the last several years has been on a bicycle. I can fill my life with a lot of activity, but riding gives me an opportunity to think productively.

It prepares my mind for a day of work, and it allows me to detox after work and be on as a dad and husband when I get home.

—Derrick Purvis
"Two-wheeled Commuting"

Digital Grassroots

Digital Grassroots
Using a growing arsenal of online and social media, RTC and other organizations nationwide are expanding their advocacy reach and effectiveness.

Casey Trees

Trees and Trails
As part of its work restoring the canopy of Washington, D.C., Casey Trees partners with RTC to help plant trees along trails in the nation's capital.

Derrick Purvis

Two-wheeled Commuting
A father of three in Kentucky, Derrick Purvis talks about his transition to year-round bicycle commuting and its effect on his overall lifestyle.

The More Things Change...
RTC staff reflect on 25 years of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


Eye On: A SMART Idea
Two California counties come together to plan a 70-mile rail-with-trail project along one of the most congested freeways in San Francisco's North Bay area.

Carving Out a "Green Hour" Each Day
Todd Christopher, author of The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids, talks about the importance of scheduling outdoor time into your daily routines, and helping your kids and family unplug. Whether you're out on a rail-trail or right outside your back door, working in a green hour each day can work magic on the mind, body and spirit.

Green Issue Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Karl Wirsing
Senior Editor: Mark Cheater
Creative Direction & Development: Sun Kim
Video Production: Jake Lynch

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Point of View
RTC President Keith Laughlin issues
a rallying call for trails, walking
and biking funding

Do You Haiku?

Write your own rail-trail haiku—on Twitter!

A haiku is three lines of poetry totaling 17 syllables: five in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. You can mark the line divisions with a "/," like:
Oh rail-to-trail path/ Flat and bicycle friendly/ Won't make me pass out.

Tweet them to us @railstotrails, tag your poems with #trailhaiku and spread the word!

A Call for Rail-Trail Videos!

This spring, we're asking you to pick up your handy cam, smart phone or digital video recorder and show us some of your favorite spots along a rail-trail. A favorite view? A colorful mural? A historical landmark that captures the story of the trail or railroad before it? A popular stretch always bustling with users?

Show us as much or as little as you want—a snapshot scene or a montage of highlights—in the time allowed. And don't worry about being fancy and high-tech. Just be creative, and have fun with it!

Videos should be:

  1. No more than 1 minute long;
  2. Narrated to explain what viewers are seeing;
  3. Hosted on an external site, such as YouTube or Vimeo, and then e-mailed as a link to us at (we may request the full, original video file if selected for our website).

In the coming weeks, we'll review and feature selected clips on our website. So get those cameras rolling—and let us know if you have any questions! To kick things off, you can check out a quick video we put together on one of our favorite backyard pathways, the Met Branch Trail here in Washington, D.C.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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