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.


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Photo courtesy Getty Images

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.


Active Transportation Policy Hub for State and Local Funding

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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Resources for Local Leaders

Officials at the local, state, regional and federal levels often hold the keys to funding or policy changes to catalyze networks.


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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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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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

Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

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

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