- Transportation Enhancements (TE) has provided twice the funding per capita in rural America than in big cities. TE is the nation’s largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling.
- Among a list of transportation priorities—including major roads and long-distance travel—rural Americans selected sidewalks as "important" more often than any other transportation need.
- The share of work trips made by bicycle in small towns is nearly double that of urban centers.
These are some of the findings from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) new cutting-edge report, Active Transpiration Beyond Urban Centers: Walking and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America. Produced with support from SRAM and Bikes Belong, the report reveals the surprising prevalence of walking and bicycling in rural communities across the country.
On Monday, January 30, at 10 a.m. EST, RTC will hold a press conference for the release of this report. We hope you might consider holding a simultaneous release in your community—especially if you are from a small town or rural area or state. If you are interested, we can provide materials to help with your event, including an embargoed copy of the report.
For more information, please contact RTC’s Director of Policy Outreach Kartik Sribarra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In any case, be sure to keep an eye out for the report, which will be available on RTC’s Web site Monday morning at 10 a.m. at www.railstotrails.org/BeyondUrbanCenters.