"Multi-modal planning creates communities where it is possible to get around by walking, bicycling and public transport. This provides various direct and indirect benefits to individuals and communities. This report explores why and how to implement more multi-modal planning in rural areas and small towns. Current trends are increasing demand for non-auto travel options in rural communities, including aging populations, rising poverty, growing health and safety concerns, and growing tourist industries. Various strategies can help rural communities improve and connect walking, cycling, public transport, including innovative facilities and services, and Smart Growth development policies. New planning resources described in this report can help rural communities and small towns develop integrated multi-modal plans and programs."