Advocating for Trails
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.
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.
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.
Did you know? Trails, and walking and biking facilities compete with a wide variety of other transportation projects for a limited amount of funds.
Active-transportation has a tremendous impact on communities. By measuring the benefits, we can make a compelling case for further investment in America.
From funding to planning to design, building a system of integrated active-transportation facilities involves many steps and many challenges.
Understand the ins and outs of the federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, and learn how to apply for 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?
Let your representative know that trails are important.
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