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  • How One RTC Grant Will Unlock Florida's Latest Long Distance Rail-Trail

    It's not easy, getting rail-trails built. All over America, advocates, business people and community leaders are working tirelessly to provide safe pathways for biking and walking where they live. RTC's job is to help them. We do this in a number of ways: by providing technical assistance, clearing funding and process hurdles, mobilizing local and state support and fighting for policies that support these local efforts. And sometimes we do it by just handing over some cold, hard cash! It was our...
  • Why Rail-with-Trail Is Critical to Florida's Future

    Followers plugged in to RTC’s blog and Facebook feeds lately may have seen that we are in the midst of campaigning for a “rail-with-trail” to be included in the All Aboard Florida high speed train project. But maybe you've found yourself asking more than once, “What exactly is a rail-with-trail?” Simply, a rail-with-trail is a trail alongside an active rail line. Flipping the script on what we traditionally think of as “rail-trails” (repurposing disused rail...
  • By Rail and Trail: SunRail Service Opens a Whole New World on Florida's East Coast

    2014 has already been a huge year for trails in Florida , with funding secured for the Coast-to-Coast Connector project, the All Aboard Florida rail-with-trail proposal building steam and locals beating back a number of political threats to active transportation. While all this was happening, the maiden voyage in May of the SunRail commuter train from Orlando to communities north crept a little under the radar of most trail users, with the excellent news that SunRail trains would carry bikes for...
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  • Miami the Latest to Say: All Aboard Florida Must Include Trail

    On Thursday, the commissioners of the City of Miami passed a resolution supporting a biking and walking trail component to the All Aboard Florida high-speed rail line plan. Miami now joins a groundswell of communities standing up and saying loudly that the rail project has the potential to transform Florida's transportation system for the better — but only if it includes a parallel rail-with-trail pathway for biking and walking. (MIAMI RESIDENTS: If you haven't already, be sure to take this...
  • The Florida Campaign Rolls On – Are You Aboard?

    Our promise to Florida was to take on the big battles and win. For any Floridian who loves trails, biking and walking, 2014 is a year of massive significance. Over the next nine months, a small handful of key votes, projects and funding battles will shape the landscape of Florida for decades to come. So RTC is making sure that everyone who uses and loves trails in the Sunshine State is heard during these vital decisions. This effort is called The Florida Campaign . The invitation to all Floridians...
  • Mission Miami: Getting More Places to Walk, Run or Bike

    The Supreme Court decision on March 10 reminded the rail-trail community of one critical thing: Despite the burgeoning popularity of active transportation in the U.S., it's up to all of us to use our voices to defend and promote the further development of walking and biking networks around the country. In Miami, Fla.—an international destination—active transportation is in great demand. And as the city continues to develop, it's the perfect time to seize the opportunity to build new walking...
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  • Florida Has Spoken! – Top 10 Trails in the Sunshine State

    When we asked Floridians to name their favorite trails in the state, two things became clear: they know their favorites, and they’re passionate about them. And who wouldn’t be, with the beautiful, flat terrain, and diverse plant life and fauna that can be seen and enjoyed every month of the year? To culminate our tribute to Florida this month, we are pleased to present this list of 10 top trails in Florida, chosen straight from the users who know them best. And may we add: While some...
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  • Endurance Run on Florida Rail-Trail Tests the World’s Best

    For the past six years, the Lake Butler-to-Palatka Trail has played host to the Iron Horse Endurance Race , an ultramarathon that spans 100 miles (with 100-km and 50-mile options) from Florahome to Palatka. On Feb. 15, 2014, 150 runners from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Mexico will “toe the line” in this test of iron wills. Here’s a brief glimpse of last year’s Feb. 9 event, courtesy of Race Director Chris Rodatz: The weather… It was a picture-perfect...
  • Florida Game-Changers Raise Bike Awareness, Community Pride

    Share the Road As RTC continues to highlight all things Florida trail-biking-walking-hiking-outdoor- friendly this month, we couldn’t do so without mentioning the interesting history of the Share the Road campaign . In 1999, due to efforts led by former Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) and Bike Florida President Linda Crider and many others, Florida became the first state in the Union to create a specialty plate dedicated to bike safety. After getting off to an enthusiastic start in 1992 by...
  • Kidical Mass: Training Wheels and Tots the Focus of Tallahassee Bike Crew

    "The bike movement has grown up, and now it has kids." These are the words of Shane MacRhodes, founder of Kidical Mass - a national program designed to "provide a safe environment for kids and their parents to learn and practice [bicycle] safety skills" while creating awareness of the growing number of cyclists-including youth-in local areas. Hence the tagline: kids are traffic too. The first ride took place in Eugene, Ore., in 2008, and today, more than 33 cities in the U.S. and Canada play host...
  • Five Top Florida Hikes for History

    As a " trailblazer ," I have long enjoyed the history, geography, ecosystems and wildlife that make Florida such a wonderful state for outdoor exploration. One of the first trails I began to explore actively is the Florida National Scenic Trail , a 1,000-mile walking and biking system that traverses the state and meanders through some of the most picturesque areas in the U.S. As time went by, I learned about the many other places in Florida that lay claim to countless trails and habitats: our award...
  • In Tallahassee, the (Bicycle) House that Scot Built

    It was Scot Benton's father who inspired him to found Bicycle House Tallahassee, a Florida nonprofit that's part bike repair shop and training center, part "build-a-bike" program, part community development organization, part trail cleanup group and part kitchen/overnight space for travelers on the "Southern Tier" route from San Diego, Calif., to Saint Augustine, Fla. "My father said, 'get out of the house...and open the door,'" says Benton, matter-of-factly. "I had a little money, and I just put...
  • Meet the Miami River Greenway

    A shout out to the Miami River Commission for providing RTC with this great first-person (first-trail) Q&A "with" the Miami River Greenway. This 10-mile scenic rail-trail-currently in development-is connecting the incredible neighborhoods, businesses and cultural attractions around the waterway and helping to transform Miami. Name and Specialty? I am the Miami River Greenway , a public pedestrian and bicycle trail along the historic Miami River. My trail is a "riverwalk" directly along the shoreline...
  • A Few Hundred Strong, African-American Community Aims to Become Florida's Next Trail Town

    There is an experience that is unique to the people driving cars along State Road 207 in Florida. Only they can make the sharp, abrupt drop into Armstrong - a settlement where moms walk babies and folks chat along the narrow town road that abruptly ends in woods. From the high-speed, four-lane highway to the serene woods the drivers go ...plop! It's a strange juxtaposition. Riders and walkers on the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail enter and leave through these same woods. But trails code users...
  • The Word From Florida: 10 Great Things Happening in the Sunshine State

    With endless summers and long, flat stretches of pathways, picturesque terrain and unique wildlife, it's easy to see why so many people love Florida trails. And despite recognized challenges, Floridians around the state have been generating lots of sweat equity in the alternative transportation scene these days. They are working to get new projects completed and making the landscape safer and more convenient for the growing number of people who are choosing biking and walking as their mode of transportation...
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