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Additional Resources

Beyond Urban Centers: One-Page Summary

WalkBoston's Massachusetts Rural Walking Toolkit - includes design choices

Transportation for America: Policy Papers, and Rural Livability Case Studies

The Rural Assistance Center: Transportation Topic Guide

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Economic Research Service Briefing Rooms

RTC: Measuring Trail Impacts Through User Surveys


Key Federal Funding Programs

Transportation Enhancements – National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse

Safe Routes to School – National Center

Community Transformation Grants: Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Block Grants – State Administered

Community Challenge Grants – Department of Housing and Urban Development

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance – Environmental Protection Agency

Beyond Urban Centers
Active Transportation in Rural America

There are more than 20,000 miles of rail-trails crossing the nation and connecting towns and country. Getting out on the trail to enjoy the outdoors, exercise or spend time with friends and family is an option for everyone. However, when we think about commuting to work or running errands from A to B, many assume that active transportation is only an option for people in the largest cities, where many destinations are close together and the street network is supplemented by transit.

A new research report by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy demonstrates that, in fact, active transportation is a part of life even far beyond urban centers. From tiny Burlington, Wyo. (pop. 250), to Elvis' hometown in Tupelo, Miss. (pop. 39,000), kids, seniors and working people walk and bicycle at rates that are not so different from what you find in metropolitan areas.


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