Bike Trails & Economic Recovery

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Connecting Small Communities Through Abandoned Rail Lines
By Bobbie Stacey - Founder of Home Run Innovations Inc.
Here is an interesting take on how we can turn our country around and get its citizens back on their feet - literally.

Just think of how many rail lines there are throughout Delta County and the Upper Peninsula. How easy would it be to connect Bay College to the rest of Escanaba and even Gladstone through rail lines? Even if those particular lines are still in use, there must still be plenty of abandoned rail corridors leading into and out of our communities.

"The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people." Rails to Trails has already created dozens of these trails within 100 miles of Escanaba. Search their website and see for yourself.

You can speak up and ask Congress to reserve some of the proposed $25 billion dollar stimulus plan for "active transportation construction" of running and bike trails. Sign the petition by clicking here or on the Rails to Trails Conservancy logo above.

We know that the Upper Peninsula is God's country. Why not connect God's country with trails that allow us deeper into its beauty and back to health and prosperity?

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Youth & Rural Revitalization

Actively engaging youth and their families toward both personal fitness and community involvement will slow drain of rural population migration to urban areas.

One of the ways this youth engagement is accomplished in Delta County, Michigan is through family-oriented, community health and fitness events. See The Salvation Army Home Run as an example.

About this Blog

Home Run Events is a forum for solutions that create Sustainable, Healthy, "Inclusive", Neighborhood Environments (SHINE) in our communities - beginning with the homeless.

We aspire to relocalize rural economies through affordable net-zero energy housing, local organic agriculture and financially self-sufficient social services programs.

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