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Trails for the Future

Author: Adrianne / Comments: 0

We all enjoy trails and benefit of them, either as a transportation mean or as a leisure possibility. They add value to our lives. Trails and greenways are often seen narrowly when it comes to their benefits.

Biking on the beach

Sanibel: Biking on the Beach

Benefits of trails

People tend to focus on the recreational or environmental aspects of trails and greenways, failing to see the big picture - the total package of benefits that a trail or greenway can provide to communities:

  • Increase the mobility creating new viable corridors of transportation,
  • Improve the health,
  • Spur economic development and job creation,
  • Protect the environment preserving the green space; help preserve important natural landscapes; provide needed links between fragmented habitats and offer tremendous opportunities for protecting plant and animal species.
  • Create powerful connections within, to and across communities,
  • Become sources of community identity and pride, preserving its history.

Speak Out for Federal Support for Rail-Trails

Did you know that there are nearly 8,000 miles of former rail corridors in the U.S. waiting to become trails? Many of these corridors depend on federal funding and policies to help preserve them for future generations as America's next great rail-trail.

Flowers on trails

Together, we can bring trails more trails to more people — and help you get out and enjoy them! Right now, elected officials in Washington, D.C., are considering slashing funding support for trails, biking and walking.

You can help save these spaces from disappearing forever by speaking out and signing the petition: Urge the President and the Secretary of Transportation to preserve critical federal support for rail-trails.

A New Trail in Florida

Volusia County in Florida is happy to announce that approval for funding of another 20 miles of trail is official! The county council approved grant agreements with the state for $13.9 million in federal funding for design and construction of the trail. This rail-trail will be the longest single corridor ever acquired by the state. Not only is it part of a larger, 250-mile stretch called the Coast to Coast Connector, it’s also being built on the bed of an historic RAILROAD built in the 1800s.

Let’s explore the world around us!
Take your loved ones and see where the wheels will take you!
Then, come and share your experiences with us.


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