On Tuesday, the American agency Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (RTC) presented “Active Transportation for America,” a 46-page report to Democratic Representative James Oberstar of Minnesota at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Oberstar, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, accepted the report on behalf of Congress and spoke of his support for RTC’s goals.
“This report quantifies for the first time the profound benefits our nation would see with increased walking and bicycling,” said Keith Laughlin, president of RTC. “Never before has the case been made so clearly that relatively modest federal investment in bicycling and walking can save Americans tens of billions of dollars each year.”
The report pulls success stories from communities across the country that are actively engaged in improving their active transportation networks. These stories come from community case statements that are part of their participation in RTC’s 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation.
For more about the report, visit www.railstotrails.org/ATFA.