Advocating for Active Transportation
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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.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (H.R.3684), otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in November 2021, it included reauthorization of the nation’s federal surface transportation bill that more than doubled funding for trails, walking and biking. The bill bolsters long-standing federal programs for trails and active transportation and creates new funding and new opportunities to advance trail networks nationwide.
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RTC’s new federal funding tool will help you identify funding sources that may be a good fit for your projects.
Use RTC’s Resource Library to view sample legislation to empower transportation advocates, legislators, government officials and their staff with information and examples of effective funding models that can be replicated to secure the investments they need locally.
Officials at the local, state, regional and federal levels often hold the keys to funding or policy changes to catalyze networks.
Rails to Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE) is the nation’s go-to transportation funding data source for trails and active transportation, tracking TA spending for tens of thousands of projects.
RTC has compiled a collection of case studies that you can take with you to your next meeting with an influential decision maker or official. Our story bank demonstrates how trails, walking, and biking are making a real impact in communities across America—large and small, urban and rural. A simple and compelling story can make a lasting impression with a decision maker and convince them of the value of these projects.
Choose a story that highlights a project in a community near you, or bring along an example from outside your region that showcases the type of vision you want to achieve.
- Arkansas’ Southwest Trail
- Maryland’s Baltimore Greenways Trail Network
- California’s Napa Valley Vine Trail
- New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s Circuit Trails
- Columbus, Ohio’s Olentangy Trail
- Pennsylvania’s and West Virginia’s IHTC: Parkersburg to Pittsburgh Corridor
- Illinois’ Route 66 Trail
- Florida’s Emerald Trail System
- Kentucky’s Louisville Loop
- Florida’s Ludlam Trail Project
- Nebraska’s Prairie Corridor
- Mississippi’s Longleaf Trace
- Florida’s Paradise Coast Trail
- New York’s Empire State Trail
- Oregon’s Salmonberry Trail
- California’s San Diego Regional Bike Plan
- Illinois’ Kickapoo Rail Trail Extension