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Five Ways to Grow Support for Trails, Walking and Biking
February 09, 2024
Here are five ways you can become a changemaker for trails, and help build even more momentum for trails and active transportation networks.
Large crowd celebrating the opening of Michigan's southwest greenway
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Trail Moments | Safe Trails Save Lives
May 17, 2022
Safe trails save lives. in New Jersey 82% of fatalities are on state, county and municipal roads. A disproportionate number are pedestrians.
New Jersey's Henry Hudson Trail | Photo by Avery Harmon
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Breaking News: The Rock Island Trail Is a 144-Mile On track to Be Game-Changer for Missouri
December 14, 2021
Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that they have officially railbanked the 144-mile Rock Island Railroad corridor
Graphic by RTC, photo courtesy Missouri Rock Island Trail Inc.
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What We Mean When We Say We Are “Standing Against Racism”
June 10, 2020
We also got many questions—about the prevalence of experiences of inequity and injustice in the outdoors as well as what we’re doing about it.
Baltimore, MD | Photo by Side A Photography
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A Q&A With Ryan Chao: Connecting Communities from Coast to Coast
November 13, 2019
I had the pleasure of chatting with President Ryan Chao on how RTC is making this work happen in collaboration with thousands of partners and trail advocates across the country.
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail in South Carolina | Photo by Ian Curcio
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Protecting Trails in 2018: Five Ways We Mobilized in Communities This Year
November 15, 2018
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and the national trail community put itself on the front lines to protect and defend trails in 2018. Here are five ways we mobilized in communities this year.
Baltimore, Maryland | Photo by Side A Photography
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Central Author of Historic Trail Legislation Named 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion
September 27, 2018
One of the most important moments in the history of the rail-trail movement happened behind the scenes, with little fanfare or notice, when National Park Service (NPS) staffer Peter Raynor drafted an invaluable piece of legislation in just a few words.
2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award ceremony | Photo by Hung Tran
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How May T. Watts Inspired the Illinois Prairie Path and U.S. Rail-Trail Movement
March 14, 2016
May Theilgaard Watts was a writer, illustrator, naturalist, scientist and teacher. Her determination that Americans stay connected to their natural landscape in a time of increasing urbanization was the catalyst that led to the formation of the Illinois Prairie Path,
Illinois Prairie Path | Trail photo courtesy David Wilson | CC by 2.0 | Photo of Watts by Isabel Wasson
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11 Tips to Make Walking a Natural, Enjoyable Part of Your Day
September 16, 2015
The United States Surgeon General placed walking in the national spotlight with his recent call to action, encouraging people to make walking a part of their daily lives and to help create more walkable communities.
Photo courtesy Darren Larson | CC by 2.0
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RTC’s Marianne Wesley Fowler Named 2014 Rail-Trail Champion
June 06, 2014
RTC is excited to announce Marianne Wesley Fowler of Alexandria, Va., as this year’s Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion.
Photos courtesy Rails-to-Trails Conservancy