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RTC’s resource library is the nation’s foremost curation of timely research, articles and cutting-edge resources for the trails, walking and bicycling movement.

This free and ever-expanding collection of materials covers the latest, timely topics within equitable trail development and advocacy to engagement and promoting trail use.

How to Use This Library

To find relevant resources: 1) Fill in a search term in the field below; 2) Customize your results using the options provided; 3) Hit the “Search” button.

  • Published By: Choose to search all authors or just RTC-published materials.
  • Resource Type: Narrow your search to a specific type of document.
  • State and Tag: Use to narrow your geographic location and subject matter.
  • Popular: View webinars | View state policy examples

Webinar – Safety First: How to Effectively Demonstrate Safe Outcomes in Grant Applications
July 02, 2024
Tags: Active Transportation Funding Grants Plan Safety Securing Public Funding Success Stories Success Stories Walkability and Bikeability
The Who and How Behind Local and State Decision-Making Webinar
June 18, 2024
Tags: Advocating for Active Transportation How-to Policy Policy
Webinar – Overcoming Barriers: Innovative Practices to Securing Federal Funding
June 13, 2024
Tags: Active Transportation Education Federal Funding funding Grants Policy Policy Policy/Advocacy Securing Public Funding
Trail Building
STEP: Improving Visibility at Trail Crossings
June 13, 2024
Tags: Building Trails Crossings Design Safety Trail Building
Trail Building
Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment 2024
May 07, 2024
Tags: Building Trails Connected Systems Corridor Research Corridors and Railbanking Economic Impact Great American Rail-Trail Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Maryland Montana Nebraska Ohio Pennsylvania Trail Building Trail Planning TrailNation Washington Washington, DC West Virginia Wyoming
Nebraska’s Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail | Photo by TrailLink user mbcallawa
Trail Management
Webinar – Trail Funding Unpacked: Navigating Resources for Sustainable Maintenance
May 01, 2024
Tags: Funding funding Maintenance Maintenance and Volunteers Policy Policy Trail Management
Trail Planning
Next Level Trails: Real Estate Guidelines & Procedures Handbook
April 29, 2024
Tags: Acquisition Building Trails Funding Indiana Trail Planning
Indianapolis Cultural Trail | Photo by TrailLink user lunariver
Celebrate the Joy of Being on the Trail Webinar
April 25, 2024
Tags: Celebrate Trails Day Using Trails
Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park Promenade in New Jersey | Photo by Thom Carroll
Trail Promotion
Gearing Up for a Cross-Country Trail Trek Webinar
April 18, 2024
Tags: Celebrate Trails Day Gear Great American Rail-Trail How-to Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Maryland Montana Nebraska Ohio Pennsylvania Trail Businesses Trail Destinations Trail Promotion Trail Use Tips Using Trails Washington Washington, DC West Virginia Wyoming
Kara Patajo @YourNorthWestieBestie on the Olympic Discovery Trail | Photo courtesy Kara Patajo
Arkansas Trail of Tears Historic Bike Route
April 16, 2024
Tags: Arkansas Policy Policy
Abandonment stock image - Photo courtesy Getty Images

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