From Train Tracks to Bike Paths

    The United States has thousands of miles of abandoned railroad tracks, which are no longer used by trains

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    Guillermo Agudelo
    I was born in Colombia, I come from humble parents but with good habits and love for God. I had the great opportunity to grow up with a special aunt in my life, she took me to live in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. I grew up there, I studied at Lehi High and then I started studying at BYU. In the year 2000 I returned to my land and obtained the title of Bachelor in Education Mension integral

    The non-governmental organization Rails-to-Trails works with state and local governments to extend extensive park systems from coast to coast along former rail tracks converted to trails. So far they have opened 56,327 kilometers of new trails and have plans for another 12,875 kilometers.

    Spanning the nation

    Just one project, the “Great American Road Trail,” offers more than 2,000 miles of biking, jogging, and walking trails in 12 states and the District of Columbia. The group wants to build an additional 1,700 miles of trails, totaling 3,500 miles, to complete a trail that connects 12 states and spans the nation.

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    The trail, says Kevin Belanger of Rails to Trails, “will serve the more than 50 million people who live within 90 kilometers of the tracks and the millions of global visitors who come to the United States to explore its diverse landscapes and communities.” A great example to be followed by other nations.

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