Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) have selected the winners of the "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners were recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2010 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.
Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program
Education and Communication
Coalition of Recreational Trail Users display
The Coalition of Recreational Trail Users (CRTU) is a nonprofit organization formed by a partnership of Minnesota’s motorized recreational trail user communities. It is composed of:
In 2007, the coalition recognized the need to educate the motorized trails communities, as well as the general public, regarding safe and responsible motorized recreation. To answer these needs, CRTU developed a plan for an education and outreach trailer to be stocked with information on rules, regulations, safety, and the state associations, as well as maps and youth safety training CDs. All this information was available in both paper and multimedia formats via an integrated flat-screen display, computer, and DVD player.
The education trailer at the Minnesota State Fair
It was agreed that the trailer would be manned with members from the partner organizations who were knowledgeable about the state’s and associations’ programs. The member organizations’ goal was to educate their membership and also riders who were not members of any club or association. It has been shown that club and/or association membership is an important way of developing more responsible and informed riders. A secondary purpose was to expose members of the general population to motorized recreation as a legitimate activity and give them an opportunity to view one of the many positive aspects of the rider community.
Using RTP and other funds, the trailer was purchased and outfitted in 2008 and began its journey that year. The reception of the educational trailer in the motorized community has been very positive. In 2008, the trailer traveled over 3,000 miles, made 15 appearances at locations with over 101,000 attendees. In 2009, the trailer again traveled over 3,000 miles and made 14 appearances at locations with over 226,000 attendees, including a day at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area of the Minnesota State Fair.
Interior of the Education Trailer
Thousands of pieces of literature have been handed out, but more importantly, association representatives have made contact with thousands of peers, spreading the message of safe and responsible use of their trail system and public lands.
Tom Umphress, Coalition of Recreational Trail Users
8051 W 195th Street, Jordan, MN 55352
The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a national organization representing the nation's major trail interests, has been working since 1992 to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The Annual Achievement Awards are part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to promote and celebrate this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the FHWA website for more information. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.
See State by State list of all RTP Awards with links to individual award web pages