Take Action to Support Trails

There are many ways you can get involved. Learn how below.


Spread the Word on the Importance of Trails

The White House released its full proposal to revitalize and transform America’s infrastructure. It’s a critical debate, but we were heartbroken to discover there was one thing missing: the transformative power of a balanced transportation system that includes trails to meet its goals.

Now it’s up to Congress to respond with their own proposal—and they look to local news and opinions for direction. That’s where you come in.

Show your love for trails by writing a letter to your newspaper supporting trails, walking and biking as part of a balanced transportation system. We've made it easy for you below.

Write A Letter

Let your representative know that trails are important.

Contact Your Local Official

Quick Links to Official Government Web sites
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Talking Points to Make a Strong Case

Importance of Federal Programs to Trails, Biking and Walking

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) program is by far the largest source of funding for active-transportation projects, including trails, and biking and walking infrastructure. Since 1991, TA-funded projects have had a transformative effect on thousands of communities of all sizes.

You can learn about the various TA-funded projects in your community through RTC’s Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE), which compiles information on TA spending by states and local communities. This service provides professionals, policy makers and citizens with information about how their communities have benefited from this successful and popular funding source.

These resources below demonstrate the great importance to your community of the three federal funding programs for trails. Arm yourself with information: use these resources to urge your local, state or federal representative to support the funding sources that make America’s trails possible!

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We have an open forum to share trail-building ideas and solutions. Ask this group of trail advocates and professionals questions or post announcements like jobs, conferences and publications.

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Join the Trail Expert Network

Sign up for the the Trail Expert Network (TEN) to receive news and information relevant to building and managing trails, including alerts about upcoming railroad abandonments in your area.

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