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.
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.
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.
Let your representative know that trails are important.
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