From the Editor
Welcome to the 2014 Green Issue — RTC's all-digital edition of Rails to Trails, with trail news and features from across America. Enjoy!
- Editor-in-Chief Amy Kapp
Feature: Stories from America's Trails
2014 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion Marianne Wesley Fowler talks about her role in some of the rail-trail movement's pinnacle moments.
Marianne Wesley Fowler, 2014 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion
An introduction to Marianne Wesley Fowler—RTC's resident storyteller and 2014 Rail-Trail Champion.
RTC's Early Days: The Southern Rail-Trail Movement
Marianne Wesley Fowler talks about the evolution of the southern rail-trail movement in America, including the inception of the now-legendary Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga Trail.
Policy Days (Rental Car Diplomacy)
Marianne Wesley Fowler discusses how she, the late Congressman James Oberstar of Minnesota and Congressman Tom Petri of Wisconsin led the 2003 battle in the House to save funding for trails and walking/biking projects in the federal transportation budget.
We Call That Mode Shift
Marianne Wesley Fowler talks about the federal Bike/Walk Pilot program (Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project) and its impact on four American communities.
Feature: Coast to Coast by Bike
Last summer, RTC's Katie Harris, 23, biked across the U.S. with her best friend. They had the time of their lives.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel Project
More than 150 years after it was built, a 19th-century rail tunnel—rich in Blue-Ridge history—is being preserved. Check out a clip from Paul Wagner's in-progress documentary on this historic rail-trail project.
Metropolis + Mobility: The Future of Wasson Way
Cincinnati's visionary bike-trail/light-rail project could change the way residents are connecting. Check out this video of a recent project forum hosted by UrbanCincy.
Revolution in 3 Dimensions
What's a Pogo Park? Learn how a ground-breaking urban park development model is transforming one of Richmond, Calif.'s, poorest neighborhoods.
The Goodness Project, Camden, N.J. – "Happy"
The 12 Camden, N.J., nonprofits featured in this video are inspiring others through goodness. Video organized by Ronald McDonald House of Southern N.J.; music by Pharrell Williams.
The Goodness Project – RTC's Camden CYCLE
RTC's Akram Abed talks about Camden CYCLE, a bike-trail outdoor engagement/education program for kids.
In Rochester, N.Y., a mountain-biking program is getting kids "on a track." Video by Don Casper. Special acknowledgement: Rochester Bicycle Film Festival.
Opening Day for Trails 2014
On March 29, people all over America got out for Opening Day for Trails 2014—and sent us some great pics!
A View From
Rochester Bicycle Film Festival
Biking comes in many forms in Rochester, N.Y., as is evident by this film by Alex Freeman. Special acknowledgement: Rochester Bicycle Film Festival.
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Green Issue Staff
Editor-in-Chief: Amy Kapp
Writer/Digital Content: Laura Stark and Jake Lynch
Video Production: Jake Lynch, Stark Images, TOL Productions
Web/Graphic Design: Brian Gerhardstein