Rails to trails offers national data and strategy for the development of active transportation paths (walking/biking) in rural towns. Increasing access to active transportation paths allows residents to increase daily activity, as well as increases childhood activity by walking to and from school. Although the initial investment can be costly, improved access to walkways benefits local business and improves commerce.

The PDF tool and more information on Rails to Trails can be found at their website: http://www.railstotrails.org/build-trails/trail-building-toolbox/

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