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Rails To Trails makes progress, wants more
Back in July, Gadling reported there are 19,000 miles of rail trails reconnecting America, up from 100 miles when Rails-to-Trails was founded in 1986 but 9,000 miles of potential rail-trails are waiting to be built.
"Railroads had such a pivotal role in the development of the country, especially in the opening of the West. Many communities' identity sprang up around the railroads, so [preserving rail trails] preserves an important piece of American history" said Laura Cohen, the Western regional director of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy at the time.
Earlier this week, the RTC went a step further, heading to congress as the U.S. Senate began work on the nation's next multi-year surface transportation bill. The RTC wants a focus that provides balanced transportation choices for Americans. Critical to such balance is dedicated investment in active transportation to ensure that walking and bicycling, the most cost-effective, affordable and healthy types of transportation, can continue to grow in communities across the country.
RTC has applauded a dedicated level of funding for walking and bicycling investment in the past and encourages Congress to move forward with a balanced re-authorization bill.
Rails-To-Trails invites us to get involved in a number of ways.
- A donation will help build, protect and enhance the rail-trail movement.
- Register to be a member and get periodic e-mail updates and alerts on important legislative issues and RTC-related news. This is an ideal opportunity to become directly involved in RTC's mission of providing communities with the multi-faceted benefits rail-trails provide.
- They also put out a monthly newsletter we can sign up for and offer cycling gear, athletic apparel, gifts and more on their website.
Flickr photo by cassicat4