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Opportunities for Rural Walkability

Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a walkable rural community (Courtesy of Blue Zones)
Preserving and maintaining our outdoor spaces is a major responsibilty, especially in rural communities where trails and other areas are opportunities not only for physical activity but also for transit connections. In this America Walks webinar, learn how the support of trails, parks and sidewalks play a role in promoting walkability in rural communities and what you can do to help. Register now... Read more

Recreational Trails Program 2017 Achievement Awards

The Western Maryland Railway BoWest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage (Trains & Trails / Flickr)
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CTP) will select winning projects from those nominated by public agencies, trail administrators, or other project sponsors. Project award categories include: construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; public-private partnerships and access to public lands; community linkage; education and communication; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management and “corridor sharing”; use of youth conservation/service corps and community outreach; and engaging public-sector partners. Nominations due April 13. Learn more... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

The abandoned railroad embankment in Englewood (Source: Englewood Line)
Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more

Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

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Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for a policy briefing webinar exploring what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Register now... Read more

Can Spending Money on Trails and Density Grow Tech Jobs in St. Louis County?

A greenhouse that's part of the Danforth Plant Science Center (Laurie Skrivan / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The amenities and density that often help attract a highly educated workforce are somewhat lacking in a suburb developed when planners thought of little more than accommodating cars. Now, area leaders are planning trails and connections to food and entertainment, attributes many believe are necessary to continue attracting the top-notch scientific talent that drives biotech investment. Read more... Read more
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