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Who: More than 100 advocates of urban pathways, greenways and trails from more than 25 cities across the nation, in the nonprofit, private and public sectors, engaged with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative.

Why: Discuss best practices that encourage physical activity on shared-use pathways in urban neighborhoods and engage around the issues unique to urban pathways, including:

  • Navigating complex jurisdictional issues
  • Building political and neighborhood support for long-term projects
  • Working effectively with diverse communities
  • Connecting with police to manage crime and traffic safety on trails

Beginning with a panel of case studies presented by practitioners from Cleveland, Milwaukee, New York and Washington, D.C., the day continued with two workshop sessions designed around a planned rail-trail in Richmond, Va. The lunch speaker was Sergeant Christopher Davala of the International Police Mountain Bike Association. Davala spoke about effective techniques for engaging police departments along trails. The day concluded with a walk along the Lafitte Corridor, led by New Orleans trail advocates, nonprofit leaders and city staff.

The second day featured a broader conversation about cooperation between professionals in the public health, smart growth, community development, transportation and environmental communities. The conference concluded with a keynote by John Robert Smith, president and CEO of Reconnecting America.

Learn more about the conference subject, speakers and schedule.

Presentations and Discussions from the Conference

Conference Hosts

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • University of New Orleans Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
  • Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center
  • Tulane University Prevention Research Center
  • Supported and endorsed by The National Corridors Initiative

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037