Model Policies — Trails
This bill provides standards for designation of a trail as a Pure Michigan Trail that contributes to a statewide trail network promoting healthy lifestyles, economic development, recreation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of this state. Read the legislation.
Minnesota Bike/Bike Parts Sales Tax for Trails
Designates existing sales tax revenues on bicycles and bicycle parts for construction and maintenance of regional trail, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Referred to Transportation Policy & Finance Committee on March 2017. Read the legislation.
Minnesota Active Transportation Program
Establishes an active transportation program (ATP) and allocates certain general sales tax revenue for the fund. Subsequently, the ATP was established in the 2017 Omnibus Transportation Bill, and was funded in 2019 with STP funds in 2019. Read the legislation.
Success Stories — Trails
Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus
The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, formed on March 29, 2017, is a bipartisan group of over 40 state-elected officials committed to creating a statewide trails network to connect Ohioans. The Caucus is focused on improving existing trails and ensuring smart planning for future trail networks. The...
Ohio - Local (Oxford Area) Trails Levy
Oxford, Ohio (location of Miami University) passes tax levy to build 12-mile trail system. Read more about the process of getting this initiative on the ballot. The City of Oxford, Ohio passed a property tax levy on May 8, 2018 to fund the construction of its planned 12-mile multi-use trail...
Trail Users Help Kill Anti-Bike/Ped Bill in Tennessee
Thanks to the grassroots mobilization of thousands of cyclists and trail users in Spring 2016, legislation that could have had negative repercussions for active transportation around the country officially died with the close of the Tennessee General Assembly’s annual session. Rails-to-Trails...
Clean Ohio: Bond Initiative Creates Hundreds of Millions for Trails, Conservation
First approved by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative that restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving open space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and attracting investment and economic development. The program,...
Pennsylvania Transportation Bill Means Millions for Trails, Walking and Biking
When Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive transportation bill, Act 89, in 2013, it was a big win for walking and biking in the state. The bill allocates funding for all modes of surface transportation—roads, transit, and yes, even walking and biking. Although trails, walking and biking must...
California’s Active Transportation Program: A Model of Stable, Consolidated Funding
In 2013, California’s Senate Bill 99 created California’s first active transportation program. Earlier in the year, the governor had proposed cuts to active transportation funding. A coalition of advocates—including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Coalition for Recreational Trails, the Safe Routes...