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Western Region Related Organizations

The links below will connect you to websites of interest to the regional rail-trails community. Each site will open in a new window.

America Walks is a non-profit national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups and to educate the public about the benefits of walking.

The Bay Area Open Space Council is a collaborative program of public and non-profit agencies and organizations, providing regional leadership and expertise for the preservation and professional management of important open spaces in and around the cities of the San Francisco Bay Area.


An initiative by the County of Marin to help make Marin more healthy, livable, and environmentally sustainable by encouraging walking and bicycling as everyday transportation.


A coalition of nonprofit pedestrian advocacy groups promoting walkable communities for all people throughout California


The web site that goes with the book. Carfree Cities proposes a delightful solution to the vexing problem of urban automobiles.

A non-profit organization creating more livable communities by promoting health and recreation through bicycle activities, advocacy and education

Largest regional park system in the nation with 1,100 miles of trails including Iron Horse, Lafayette Moraga, Bay Trail, and others

An advocacy organization promoting walkable communities. We envision people walking every day for their health, transportation, environment, community and pleasure.

Staff and community dedication have led to an excellent system in small town Folsom CA.

Our mission is to make the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live by protecting the region's Greenbelt and improving the livability of its cities and towns.

The Healthy Transportation Network (HTN) provides information, connections, and direct assistance that you'll find useful while working to improve the health of your community.

The LGC is a nonprofit organization working to build stronger communities.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a membership based advocacy organization working to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life in Los Angeles County.




A public research tool for historic and cultural resource preservation.




The Neighborhood Parks Council is a coalition of over 100 community-based park groups which are actively involved in improving and restoring neighborhood parks in San Francisco.

Excellent planning and leadership have led to a model system in San Jose.

SVBC is committed to raising cycling consciousness in local governments, underscoring such issues as: The importance of wide outside lanes Signal detector loops that respond to bicycles Secure bike parking at events, entertainment venues, train stations and airports Accommodating bikes on transit vehicles Appropriate road striping to encourage peaceful coexistence of cyclists and motorists.

The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a national coalition of over 200 organizations working to promote transportation policies that protect neighborhoods, provide better travel choices and promote social equity.

TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. We build diverse coalitions, influence policy, and develop innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.


WalkSacramento is dedicated to achieving safe, walkable communities in the Sacramento metropolitan area—for personal health and recreation, for livable neighborhoods, for traffic safety, and for clean air.

Walk San Francisco promotes walking as a safe and sustainable form of transportation that increases our city's livability, enhances public life, and improves public and environmental health.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
+1-202-331-9696