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Definitions

NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) – Landowners or residents who generally oppose any changes or development near their property.

Trails glossary and acronyms.

 

RTC Resources

Secrets of Successful Rail-Trails, Chapter 2 – "Building and Strengthening Your Coalition"; Chapter 4 – "Working with Landowners and Opposition"; Chapter 12 – "Working with Elected Officials"; Chapter 13 – "Working with the Business Community"

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Outreach

Making the Case for Rail-Trails

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Outreach in RTC TrailBlog
Outreach in the Library

You know that turning a former rail corridor into a trail is great idea, but not everyone may feel the same way. So when meeting with potential supporters, elected officials, adjacent landowners, opponents and others, it is important to educate them about the benefits of rail-trails. You'll find the publications below useful in making the case for your rail-trail:

General

Fact Sheets:
Benefits of Trails and Greenways

Walking and Biking as Mainstream Transportation Choices

Railbanking — What, Where, Why, When and How

Rail-Trails and Utilities

Report:
Active Transportation for America: The Case for Increased Federal Investment in Bicycling and Walking

Crime and Safety

Report:
Rail-Trails and Safe Communities

Economic Impact

Fact Sheets:
Economic Benefits of Trails and Greenways

Trails and Economic Development

Reports:
Trail User Surveys and Economic Impact: A Comparison of Trail User Expenditures

Perkiomen Trail 2008 User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis

Trail-Building Toolbox:
Trail User Surveys (see sidebar for surveys produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)

Environment

Fact Sheets:
Enhancing the Environment with Trails and Greenways

Walking, Biking and Climate Change

Public Health

Fact Sheets:
Health and Wellness Benefits

Healthy Places for Healthy People: Active Transportation and Health

Quality-of-Life Benefits

Fact Sheets:
Trails, Community and Family

Trails and Greenways for Livable Communities

Historic Preservation and Community Identity

Rail-Trail Statistics

National and State Rail-Trail and Trail Mileage Counts

Ten Longest Rail-Trails in America

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