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Thank you for your interest in attending the 2012 Urban Pathways Forum in Camden, N.J., on Friday, February 10. This forum continues the efforts of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Urban Pathways Initiative (UPI), which began with summits in New Orleans in 2010 and Cleveland in 2011.

This free, invitation-only event is limited to 50 attendees to ensure a more personal and collaborative setting.

The day will feature presentations and discussions on Waterfront Trail Development, Trails and Public Health, and Youth Engagement, led by experts in each field. See below for a full agenda:

Time Event Presenters
7:30-8:30 Breakfast/Check-in  
8:30-8:45 Welcome/Orientation The Honorable Dana L. Redd, Mayor of Camden
8:45-9:45 The Camden/Philadelphia
Trail Network
• Chris Linn, Delaware Valley Regional Planning
• Sarah Clark Stuart, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
• Anthony Perno, Cooper's Ferry Partnership (Camden, N.J.)
• Spencer Finch, Pennsylania Environmental Council
• Andrew Johnson, William Penn Foundation
10:00-10:15 Break  
10:15-11:30 Waterfront Trail Development • Meishka Mitchell, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
• Hannah Hardy, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
• Laura Hurley, Partners for a Healthier Community (Springfield, Mass.)
11:30-12:15 Lunch Speaker and short film release, "Pathways to Safety," Kelly Pack, RTC
12:15-1:30 Health and Trails • Karen Pohlman, Brightwood Health Center (Springfield, Mass.)
• Janet Heroux, ShapingNJ
• Kim Fortunato, Campbell Soup (Camden, N.J.)
• Kathleen Smith, Partners for Health Foundation (NJ)
1:30-1:45 Break  
1:45-3:00 Youth Engagement • David Cicero Bevacqua, Neighborhood Bike Works (Philadelphia)
• Nate Davis, CYCLE (Camden, N.J.)
• Nevona Sharpe, Bronx River Greenway (New York City)
3:00-4:00 Trail Funding Kevin Mills, Vice President of Policy and Trail Development, RTC
4:30-6:00 Happy Hour at Victors Hosted by Cooper's Ferry Partnership

During the lunch break, RTC trail development staff will present the premiere screening of "Pathways to Safety," a film documenting our recent study of crime and public safety issues on urban pathways. Later in the afternoon, RTC policy staff will update attendees on relevant political developments and strategies being pursued to secure funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure.



Rutgers University
Campus Center
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Rutgers University is situated just off the North-South Freeway/I-676, the Sixth Street exit, at the eastern end of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Click here for a Google Map


RTC has been working with the Coopers Ferry Partnership of Camden for several years, and we are delighted to present their impressive story of urban riverfront renewal and the larger trail build-out in the greater Camden/Philadelphia region. Support for the 2012 Urban Pathways Forum, and RTC's work in Camden, is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

The forum will be held at the Rutgers University—Camden campus in the center of Camden's renewal efforts. The campus is easily reached from the Philadelphia and South Jersey region by PATCO and the New Jersey Transit's River LINE.

If you would like to reserve your space, please contact us by January 13.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact RTC's Tom Sexton or Carl Knoch at 717.238.1717.

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