In preparation for Celebrate Trails Day, RTC teamed up with our partners and experts across the country to share ideas, motivation and insights for getting out on the trail.
Building Community, Inspiring Climate Action and Encouraging Physical Activity through Trails: Media Briefing
This discussion features expert advice and resources to inform stories this spring and summer about being active outside, addressing the importance of places and programming for encouraging people to be physically active, while building community and creating opportunities to take individual climate action by swapping car trips for a short walk or bike ride. Experts offer tips and resources for covering the outdoor trails season ahead of Celebrate Trails Day and Earth Day, which align this year on Saturday, Apr. 22.
- Heather Irish, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Evan Raskin, EarthDay.org
- Ken Rose, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
- Robin Woods, Women at Work Cycling Club, Pittsburgh
Accessible Opportunities to Be Active Outside
Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for a conversation with adaptive athletes Patrick Sweeney and Emilia Perry, physical therapist Miko Quisumbing, and the IM Able foundation for a conversation about the accessibility of multiuse trails for people of all abilities. There are 61 million adults in the United States living with a disability. That’s 1 in 4 adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For adults over 65, that number rises to 2 in 5. Multiuse trails—like rail-trails and greenways—can be an accessible place for people of all abilities to be active outside because of their hard packed or paved surfaces, and because the grade tends to be more gradual. These are great spaces for everyone in a community to walk, bike and be active outside.
Get more resources on accessibility: https://www.railstotrails.org/experience-trails/resources/#accessibility
Trails Making a Difference for the Planet
It’s not every year that Celebrate Trails Day and Earth Day coincide! In honor of 2023’s special observance on April 22, RTC hosted this conversation about the different ways that trails contribute to healthy people, healthy places and a healthy planet with Rachel Fussell, eMTB Policy and Program Manager at PeopleForBikes. From the role of trails as green infrastructure to the opportunities they create for people to safely walk and bike where they need to go—trails make a difference for the environment. Join us for a discussion about the importance of trails to the planet and the ways that trails can be part of your climate action.
Get Inspired to Get Out on Trails!
In the days before Celebrate Trails Day, the team at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is so excited about the ways thousands of people are planning to get out on trails—showing how fun trails are and how important they are to our daily lives. We gathered some of the folks organizing events and activities that we’re really excited about and talk about the events, individual actions, and ideas people have shared for how they’re Celebrating Trails across the country.
- Nia Reed-Jones, Black People Ride Bikes, Baltimore
- Leigh Sloss-Corra, The Market at Pepper Place, Birmingham
- Ajoa Abrokwa, professional athlete and creator, @sheisfocused_next
- Brandi Horton, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy