ability to convince leaders and lawmakers of the economic justification for investing in trails, biking and walking has become a critical part of trail
building in these fiscally-challenging times.
for those of us working toward more options for active transportation,
investments in this infrastructure produce remarkable returns and have
transformative effects on communities large and small, impressively out of
proportion to the comparatively small budgets involved.
borrow from boxing parlance, when it comes to value for money, trails punch
well above their weight.
example, the design, engineering and construction of walking and biking facilities
has been shown to create more jobs per dollar than any other type of
transportation infrastructure construction. And multi-year investments in destination
trail systems across America routinely recoup that investment in a short period
of time in the form of trails tourism spending.
fiscal arguments for why our state and federal governments should make investing
in biking and walking an economic priority are very strong. Which is why RTC
and the Partnership for Active Transportation put together this handy two-page
fact sheet on the economic impact of trails, to help advocates and trail
champions make the case in their local communities. (Click the page to the right to download the fact sheet).
hope you find it a useful tool. Be sure to share this, and other RTC economic
impact resources and stories,
with your peers and colleagues in trail building.
The Partnership for Active Transportation, of
which RTC is a member, is a collaboration of health, economic development and
transportation advocates working for greater investment in biking, walking and
trails. The Partnership helps local governments realize the economic benefits
of robust, inter-connected networks of trails and active transportation
facilities. You can learn more about the Partnership and endorse the
Declaration of Active Transportation at www.partnership4at.org.
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