Advocating for Trails

Across America, trail networks are emerging, and communities are seeking to maximize the benefits that trail connectivity can bring. Congress must understand that we need increased levels of federal investment to ensure that we seize these opportunities.

See how trails tranform America including case studies

Photo: The Ronald Kirk pedestrian bridge (left) and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity Skyline Trail, Dallas, Texas

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.

Active Transportation Policy Hub illustration

Active Transportation Policy Hub

There are many ways to fund active transportation—trails, biking and walking—at the state level. Creativity and strong partnerships are central to an effective funding strategy. RTC's Active Transportation Policy Hub is a search tool 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.

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Photo by Dylan Passmore
Photo by Dylan Passmore
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.

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New York's Hudson River Greenway | Photo by Boyd Loving
Photo by Boyd Loving
What is an Active Transportation?

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

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D.C.'s Capital Crescent Trail | Photo by Barbara Richey
Photo by Barbara Richey
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.

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Photo by Paula Burch Celentano
Photo by Paula Burch Celentano
Story Bank

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

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TrADE

Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE)

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

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Photo by Adam Coppola Photography

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.

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Photo courtesy Green Lane Project
Photo courtesy Green Lane Project

Federal Funding

New reforms to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program can help communities more quickly complete their trail, biking and walking networks. Is this program the right financing tool for your active-transportation network?

Learn more about TIFIA

Let your representative know that trails are important.

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Latest Policy Blogs


No Ticket-Splitting Here: Voters Resoundingly Approve Local Ballot Initiatives for Trails, Biking and Walking

No Ticket-Splitting Here: Voters Resoundingly Approve Local Ballot Initiatives for Trails, Biking and Walking

Voters overwhelmingly said “yes!” to transit, parks and open space measures that include public investment in trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and...

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Latest Round of Federal BUILD Grants Underscores Value of Active Transportation and Need for Investment

Latest Round of Federal BUILD Grants Underscores Value of Active Transportation and Need for Investment

The USDOT announced its latest round of grant awards in the highly competitive BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Developments) grant...

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Five Top Trails That Make the Case for America’s Recreational Trails Program

Five Top Trails That Make the Case for America’s Recreational Trails Program

Nearly three decades after its inception, the need for the RTP has only intensified as trail development accelerates nationally. Looking at the...

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