ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the Active Transportation Newsletter. This publication of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a component of our 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation to double federal funding for trails, walking and biking by 2010. The emphasis is on securing focused investments in active transportation in communities across America. These newsletters focus on campaign activities, best practices, research and campaign organizing strategies.
By biking instead of driving just once a week, an individual with a five-mile commute will save 500 pounds of CO2 annually from the atmosphere.
Contents of this issue:
- New Campaign Resources
- Take RTC's Burn Calories, Not Carbon! pledge
- Transportation Enhancements Connections
- Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference
Please let us know if you have suggestions for a future issue.
1. New Campaign Resources
As promised, new TrailLink 2007 content has been added to our 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation Web site. These include:
- Slideshow presentations (accessible from the TrailLink 2007 page);
- "Making the Case" issue briefs, and;
- Back-issues of this Active Transportation Newsletter.
Keep an eye on our Web site for more resources for your local campaign, such as:
- a toolkit with tips on running your local campaign, and;
- a brochure template for local distribution.
2. Take RTC's Burn Calories, Not Carbon! pledge
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is proud to announce the Burn Calories, Not Carbon! pledge. The pledge enables Americans to address the intertwined challenges of global climate change and obesity.
We are amplifying the voice of the active transportation movement by touting the personal commitment of those who take the pledge, and providing opportunities to advocate for improved trail, walking and biking programs and facilities.
The pledge has not yet been unveiled to the public, but as leaders of the 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation, you can be among the first to take the Burn Calories, Not Carbon! pledge at www.railstotrails.org/pledge.
3. Transportation Enhancements Connections Now Available Online
National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse has many publications available for download.
The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) is an information service sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy that provides technical assistance, distributes publications and disseminates information regarding the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program. TE is the nation's largest funding source for trails, walking and biking.
NTEC recently came out with the fall issue of its quarterly newsletter, Connections, with a special focus on Portland, Ore., and the recent TE Professionals Seminar. Please note that Connections is no longer available in print, and is instead distributed as a PDF file. Sign up for future deliveries here.
4. Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference
A special 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation breakout session will be held at MATAG.
The third Mid America Trails & Greenways (MATAG) Conference will take place in Chicago, December 9-12. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for those involved in trails and greenways to share experiences and learn how to continue connecting these facilities throughout Mid America.
There will be a special 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation breakout session the morning of Wednesday, December 12. This breakout will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about advancing your local campaign efforts and encourage peer-to-peer networking with a specific focus on the campaign. RTC is hosting the meeting free-of-charge, and MATAG registration is not necessary for the breakout meeting attendance, but please consider attending both.
To register for this meeting, contact RTC Midwest Office Director Rhonda Border-Boose at Rhonda@railstotrails.org.
Register online for MATAG and view the agenda now. Or read more on MATAG here.
We hope this newsletter is helpful. Please contact your Rails-to-Trails Conservancy community contact with any questions regarding your local 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation.
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Photo credits (top to bottom): NTEC Connections. © National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse. Downtown Chicago. © Alice Tanner.