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Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program Case Studies(PDFs)

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Our Successes

RTC has led successful initiatives to demonstrate how robust policy and funding can create great communities for trails, biking and walking. These campaigns have included:

Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Project
RTC helped convince the U.S. Congress to establish the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program in 2005 "to demonstrate the extent to which bicycling and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load." Four communities (Columbia, MO; Marin County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Sheboygan County, WI) received more than $25 million each over four years to implement innovative programs and build new infrastructure to improve conditions for walking and bicycling.

Campaign for Active Transportation
The Campaign for Active Transportation was a multi-year effort to preserve and enhance the priority of and investment in trails, walking and bicycling—collectively "active transportation"—across America. Through the Campaign, RTC produced reports documenting community efforts to create comprehensive networks of active transportation. Find these and other resources in the Resources page.

Policy Wins
For more than 25 years, RTC has been the voice of trails and active transportation in your community, state capitol and in Washington DC. We have successfully advocated for federal policy and funding to support biking, walking and trail networks. Our wins include:

  • Ensured dedicated funds for trail development since 1992
  • Protected trail funding from elimination in 1998, 2003 and 2012
  • Secured creation of Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program in 2005

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