The article I was most impressed with was some specific suggestions here. One of those suggestions pertains to walking and biking.
I got to see a brilliantly executed example of this in Dallas ten days ago with their Katy Trail. They took the abandoned right-of-way from the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (a/k/a "Katy") paved with with two lanes (one walking, one biking). Here are some photos I took of this surprisingly busy trail.
|My son, Richard with Maggie, on the walking part of the Katy Trail.|
The bikers are on the biking part of the Trail.
This is how you make environmentalism work! Make it painless, integrate it into the community, make it safe and convenient and people will respond.
Many cities have abandoned rail rights-of-way. I salute Dallas for the outstanding work they have done with this resource.