Case Study No. 8: Organizing Citizen Support and Acquiring Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails

National Bicycling and Walking Study
Source: Federal Highway Administration

Using four case studies and the collective experience of national and local trail advocates, this study identifies a five-stage development process through which most trail projects pass: initiation, advocacy, acquisition, development, and operation/management. While each development phase is important to the successful development of a rail-trail, study findings suggest that building a broad base of community support is perhaps the most essential ingredient.

This report is one of twenty-four reports in the National Bicycling and Walking Study series.

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