Trails Transform America

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

Talk of a federal infrastructure bill is heating up—in Congress and the White House. Across America, trail networks are emerging and communities are seeking to maximize the benefits that trail connectivity can bring. An impactful and truly transformative federal infrastructure bill would bolster this work and strengthen communities by including robust funding for trails, walking and biking.

With a federal infrastructure bill in play for 2018, and a renewal of federal transportation legislation only two years away, now is the time to envision trails at the heart of every community.

Like towns without libraries or public parks, communities certainly can exist without active transportation networks, but they do not function as well. Such communities lack access to healthy outdoor mobility choices that save money, free up road space, reduce pollution and health-care costs and promote economic vitality. For communities to thrive—urban, suburban and rural—trail networks are absolutely essential.

The Trails Transform America campaign has this message for Congress: Trail networks are as fundamental to America’s infrastructure as roads and rail lines and deserve robust federal investment.

Join RTC in calling on Congress and the White House to include trails, walking and biking in any final infrastructure bill. 

In the Headlines

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

First Glimpses of Infrastructure Proposal Trickle Out

by Kevin Mills—01/25/18

Why regional trails merit role in infrastructure debate


Investing in the transportation America needs

By Kevin Mills—01/31/18
Finger Lakes Times

Walking, bike trails part of a good system

By Glenn Gifford—02/26/18

Trails Transform America Webinar

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, RTC kicked off the "Trails Transform America" campaign with a webinar on how leveraging trails and walking and biking infrastructure can result in incredible benefits for communities and regions, and how to communicate these benefits to generate project support. You can also share your story here.

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RTC’s resources provide data and research to help you make the case for trails. Download our analysis of federal trail and active transportation spending, research on the impact and prevalence of rural trails, and a landmark study of active transportation nationwide.

2016 Spending Report Beyond Urban Centers Report Active Transportation for America Report

Case Studies

Explore trail network projects that are bringing transformative benefits to communities nationwide. These project case studies outline project plans, status of funding and specific economic and health benefits that these projects promise.

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