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Equitable Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking

Delaware & Lehigh Trail | Photo by Thom Carroll

For communities that have faced systemic disinvestment, targeted funding can help level the playing field and can provide a significant boost to equitable trail development by making strategic investments where there is the greatest need.

Here are just a couple examples of public funding programs that promote equitable investment in walking, biking and trails:

Additional funding sources are listed in the City Parks Alliance’s Equitable Park Funding Hub. The website features a searchable collection of federal, state and local funding strategies for parks and recreation in underserved communities. It includes links to case studies, reports and other resources.  


‣ Factsheet – Glossary of Terms Relating to Equitable Trail Development

‣ Fact Sheet – Justice40 Covered USDOT Programs with Match Flexibility

 Report – California Invests Over a Half-Billion Dollars for Low-Stress Active Transportation Projects

 Report – Active Transportation Transforms America

TrailNation Collaborative

TrailNation Collaborative is a nationwide peer learning community from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy that brings together advocates, leaders and professionals from across disciplines to establish and accelerate trail networks across America. The collaborative provides proven tools, methods and resources, combined with RTC’s expertise and network of partners across the country, to accelerate the development of connected trail systems. When trails are connected across regions and states, trail networks have a proven transformative impact—they are essential infrastructure that creates thriving, healthier communities.

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