Active transportation—human powered mobility such as walking and bicycling—increases physical activity, provides balanced transportation choices and fosters economically vibrant communities with a high quality of life.

RTC advocates for investments at the federal and state level that support safe trail, walking and bicycling networks for people of every age and ability, and in every community, to create healthier places for healthier people.

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New Bill Maintains Federal Funding; Creates New Opportunities to Connect Trails

On the afternoon of Dec. 1, Congress released the text of what is expected to be the final version of a five-year transportation bill, the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act. The verdict is in: Trails, walking and biking are here to stay as part of America’s transportation system.

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Tools and Information to Help You Make a Difference

Trail policy can be a complicated business. Below are a set of tools and resources to assist novices and seasoned trail advocates in developing more mobile communities and communicating the real benefits—for health, economic and social development, and the environment—made possible by bike/ped infrastructure and programs.

Policy Basics

Did you know? Trails, and walking and biking facilities compete with a wide variety of other transportation projects for a limited amount of funds. 

Partnership for Active Transportation

A unique coalition—working at the intersection of transportation, public health and community vitality—to promote greater investment in active-transportation policies and programs at the federal and state level.

Active Transportation for America

Active-transportation has a tremendous impact on communities. By measuring the benefits, we can make a compelling case for further investment in America.

Building an Active-Transportation System

From funding to planning to design, building a system of integrated active-transportation facilities involves many steps and many challenges.

Transportation Alternatives Data

Understand the ins and outs of the federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, and learn how to apply for funding.

Story Bank

Our story bank collection demonstrates how trails, walking and biking are making a real impact in communities across the nation. 

2013 Transportation Enhancements/Alternatives Spending

Communities across America have access to Transportation Alternatives funds from the federal government to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life and protect the environment.

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What's the total amount of 2013 spending in your state?

Recent News from Our Policy Blog

Leveraging Federal Dollars to Create a Regional Legacy

When all 750 miles of the Circuit are connected, Greater Philadelphia will have a trail network unlike any other in the country—connecting the urban, suburban and rural communities of the fifth-largest metropolitan region in the U.S.

Flash: House Committee Passes Multi-Year Transportation Bill

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a new transportation funding bill, H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA). The bill represents a draw between our goals and our opponents’ intentions.

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