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Focus Term: Success Stories

Tom Petri Awards Honor 13 Outstanding Trail Projects and Programs in 2021
November 11, 2021
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) honored this year’s recipients of the Tom Petri Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Awards.
Vermilion River Regional Greenway in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user travistschepen
What’s Ahead for the Movement to Create Safe Outdoor Space in Every Neighborhood
August 02, 2021
An analysis of 31 trail counters for the week of March 16–22 found a nationwide trail usage increase of nearly 200% from that same week in 2019.
42nd Street Slow Street in Oakland, California | Photo by Ben Kaufman
New USDOT Report Provides 25 Years of Lessons Learned for Rails-with-Trails
June 25, 2021
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released Rails-with-Trails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned—a long-awaited update to its first release, published in 2002.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Photo by Jake Lynch
Five Days and 100 Miles: A Trip of a Lifetime Across the Cascades (A Memoire)
November 09, 2020
John Ernest Berry III describes his five-day, 100-mile tricycle trek with friend and mentor Bob Myrick on the 223.8-mile developing Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.
John Ernest Berry III on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington State in August 2019 during a five-day trip with colleague and friend Bob Myrick | Photo by Bob Myrick
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
These Farm Markets and Gardens Are Inspiring Health on America’s Trails
August 09, 2018
What’s better than a farmers’ market or community garden for providing locally grown food and encouraging good eating? Why, a market or garden next to a trail, of course!
Urban Tilth community garden | Photo courtesy Urban Tilth
Indiana’s Erie Lackawanna Trail
March 16, 2018
Northwest Indiana’s Erie Lackawanna Trail offers an experience of beautiful contrasts. The region boasts sandy dunes, a glimmering Great Lake and windswept prairies.
Erie Lackawanna Trail | Photo by Eric Allix Rogers
A View From … The National Trails System
January 03, 2018
In 2018, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which provided an incredible legacy for all Americans. Five of these iconic American experiences are listed below along with rail-trails that weave in and around them.
Great Shasta Rail Trail | Photo by Christina Schmidlin with Hellikon, courtesy Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
Honoring the Legacy of African-American Cycling Legend Major Taylor
February 16, 2017
In the late 1890s, an African-American dynamo exploded onto the bicycle racing scene at record-breaking speeds: Marshall “Major” Taylor.
Taylor on the chainless bicycle on which he won the world championship and broke world records in 1899. Uncredited photo, Taylor scrapbook. | Courtesy Major Taylor Association, Inc.
Former R.E.M. Tour Manager Creates Rural Connections in Washington
November 07, 2016
It may be a no-brainer that Seattle-born Bobby Whittaker has always loved the outdoors, having been raised by the first American to summit Mt. Everest.
Bobby Whittaker, president of Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, with 770-foot trestle over Curlew Lake in background | Photo by Rich Landers