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Washington Street pedestrian bridge, Indianapolis, Ind.
View of downtown Indianapolis from the Washington Street pedestrian bridge.


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Learn more about the active transportation movement


Midwest Gets Active

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Midwest Regional Office hosted its first Active Transportation Network forum, June 18-19. Twenty-five representatives from five states—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin—attended the meeting, held at the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis, to discuss strategies to make biking and walking mainstream transportation options in communities throughout the Midwest.

The forum pinpointed several core goals for the active transportation movement:

  • Encourage peer-to-peer networking to develop and strengthen key partnerships.
  • Develop a common agenda among advocates to maximize resources and improve collaboration.
  • Educate members on existing policy and funding models that generate revenue for active transportation.
  • Emphasize RTC's 2010 Campaign, an effort to double federal funding for trails by 2010, with particular focus on the next federal transportation reauthorization bill.
  • Highlight specific trail opportunities within the Midwest region.

RTC plans to reconvene this forum on a regular basis. To learn more, please contact Rhonda Border-Boose, Midwest Regional Office director, at

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