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At Workshop Houston, located alongside the Columbia Tap Trail in Houston, Texas, young locals learn bike repair skills.


MGP Details

The MGP fits well with RTC's Urban Pathways Initiative, which works to increase healthy activity through trail use in urban communities.

Additional components of the grant support RTC's technical assistance program for trail builders, as well as our mapping initiative and guidebook series, both of which provide the public with accessible online and print maps and other information on the nation's trail systems.


More Information

TribLocal: Rails-to-Trails, Coca-Cola grants give early kick to Calumet-Sag Trail Jamboree

Washington Post: With 40 free bikes, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy encourages youths to explore eight-mile path. Also covered at RTC TrailBlog.

Other Press: See project description PDFs at left

To learn more, contact:
Kelly Pack
Director, Trail Development


Metropolitan Grants Program
Supporting trail access and use in America's metropolitan areas

In September 2008, The Coca-Cola Foundation provided a generous $300,000 two-year grant to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) to create the Metropolitan Grants Program, a pass-through grant program that supports exemplary trail organizations and initiatives in select metropolitan areas across the country. Coca-Cola continued to support this work and awarded RTC a $150,000 grant to continue growing the program through 2011. The grants facilitated through RTC are assisting communities in their efforts to provide easy access and increased trail use for more than 1.9 million people living near these trails.

This year, RTC has provided expertise and funding in the form of pass-through grants to several trail organizations, specifically: eight $10,000 ($80,000 total) project support grants for specific rail-trail development, expansion and enhancement projects; eight $2,500 ($20,000) community grants supporting the operations of trail organizations; and three $12,000 ($36,000) Earn-a-Bike grants for the implementation of youth bicycle safety and maintenance education programs in which participants were awarded bicycles or help maintain a fleet of bicycles for community use.

During the last three years, the Metropolitan Grants Program has provided much-needed funding to build and improve trails across the country and has supported dozens of local organizations that encourage trail use and stewardship. This funding helps make trails essential to the fabric of these diverse urban communities. This year we added Earn-a-Bike, a new category to the grants program. This program is providing skills training for youth and getting more kids riding bikes in their community and on the trail. We are eager to expand Earn-a-Bike and continue supporting trail development and use in existing Metropolitan Grants Program communities, but look forward to expanding our reach to other key metropolitan regions in the years to come.

2012 Metropolitan Grants Program Awardees

  • Friends of the QueensWay, Queens, New York
  • Openlands, Chicago Heights, IL
  • East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Oakland, CA
  • Urban Health Partnerships, Miami, FL
  • Urban Tilth, Richmond, CA
  • Amigos de los Rios, Los Angeles County, CA
  • Bike San Gabriel Valley (BikeSGV), Los Angeles County, CA
  • Gompers Gardens, Richmond, CA
  • Albany Strollers and Rollers, Albany, CA
  • Green Mobility Network, Miami, FL
  • Bronx River Alliance, Bronx, NY
  • Friends of Lafitte Corridor (FOLC), New Orleans, LA
  • Bike Easy, New Orleans, LA
  • Workshop Houston, Houston, TX
  • Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (DECC), Detroit, MI
  • YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, Camden, NJ
  • Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA

Previous Metropolitan Grants Program Awardees

All links below are PDF files.

Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Branch Trail (2009-2011)

Chicago, Ill.
The Bloomingdale Trail (2010)
Calumet-Sag Trail (2009-2011)
Old Plank Road Trail (2011)

Bronx, N.Y.
Bronx River Greenway (2010-2011)
South Bronx Greenway (2010)

New Orleans, La.
Lafitte Corridor Greenway (2010-2011)

Compton, Calif.
Compton Creek Bike Path (2010)

Richmond, Calif.
Richmond Greenway (2011)

Los Angeles, Calif.
Emerald Necklace Trail (2011)

Boston, Mass.
Northern Strand Trail (2011)

Milwaukee, Wis.
Hank Aaron State Trail (2011)

Miami, Fla.
Biscayne-Everglades Greenway (2011)

Baltimore, Md.
Herring Run Trail (2011)

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037