Tag Archive: Rails to Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy co-founder

Trail lovers are mourning the death earlier this month of David Burwell, co-founder of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

He succumbed to complications of acute myeloid leukemia on Feb. 1, 31 years to the day that he and co-founder Peter Harnik launched the nonprofit. He was 69.

Burwell and Harnik brought their idea of turning abandoned railroads into trails at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/02/16/rails-to-trails-conservancy-co-founder/

Rails to Trails expands annual “sojourn” bike tours program

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is expanding its once-a-year “sojourn” bicycle tour program to a series of four bicycle tours in 2016.

Every year since about 2001, the nonprofit trail-builder has introduced bicyclists to one of its scenic trails on a multi-day bicycle tour in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York among others. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/30/rails-to-trails-expands-annual-sojourn-bike-tours-program/

New guidebook for Washington & Oregon rail-trails

With 82 rail-trails in Washington state and 19 in Oregon, how can a bicyclist choose which trails to ride? More than 1,000 miles of rail-trails suitable for bicycling wind across Washington’s landscape, with some 300 miles of trails in Oregon.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is helping to solve that problem by publishing an official guidebook for the region — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/26/new-guidebook-for-washington-oregon-rail-trails/

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail featured in Rails to Trails Magazine

The magazine published by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy features this month one of the most scenic rail-trails for bicycling in western Washington — the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

I know this because I wrote the article. You can read Destination Washington: Following the Foothills Trail at the link.

The “destination” article is a regular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/pierce-countys-foothills-trail-featured-in-rails-to-trails-magazine/

Hit the trail: Opening Day for Trails is Saturday

Many trail choices in Washington state

Saturday is Opening Day for Trails, an annual event created by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate thousands of miles of trails — including 22,000 miles of rail-trails — across the US.

Of course, trails are open year-round. This is just the non-profit’s way of encouraging people to start the spring right …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/27/hit-the-trail-opening-day-for-trails-is-saturday/

Oregon trail makes Top 10 longest rail-trails; John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads list

A trail in Oregon is the newest addition to the list of Top 10 longest rail-trails for bicycling.

The 110-mile-long OC&E Woods State Line Trail — which follows the abandoned corridor of the Oregon, California, and Eastern Railroad — is listed at No. 10 on the Rails to Trails Conservancy’s latest listing of longest rail-trails. Most of the trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/15/oregon-trail-makes-top-10-list-of-longest-rail-trails/

Another cross-state rail-trail in Missouri’s future

Bicyclists in many states don’t even have one cross-state rail-trail to ride. Those in Missouri, already home to the popular 237-mile-long Katy Trail, could be getting another.

The owners of the old Rock Island Railroad announced plans to railbank the 145-mile-long railroad right-of-way, marking the first step toward turning the east-west corridor into a rail-trail.

The tracks run …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/03/another-cross-state-rail-trail-in-missouris-future/

“Opening Day” for trails is this coming Saturday

Today marked my best bike ride of the year as I headed out the 17-mile Cedar River Trail between Renton and Landsburg. Blue skies, almost no breeze, temperature in the 60s, blossoms on the trees and the river running cold and fast.

It reminded me that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy celebrates its annual Opening Day for Trails …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/24/opening-day-for-trails-is-this-coming-saturday/

Bike trail ruling by Supreme Court may have limited scope

Most rails-to-trails projects in the US will not be affected by this week’s Supreme Court ruling, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

That assessment follows a US Supreme Court ruling (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust vs the United States) that the federal government could not turn a particular abandoned railroad right-of-way in Wyoming into a bicycle trail. That …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/13/bike-trail-ruling-by-supreme-court-may-have-limited-scope/

Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of a group of Wyoming landowners on Monday in a case that could create a costly and major stumbling block for the rails-to-trails program.

The court ruled that when the federal government gave away land to private landowners under an 1875 law, and that land was later …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/10/supreme-court-ruling-deals-uncertain-future-for-rails-to-trail-program/

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