RTC's Trail Expert Network and Policy team produce a free webinar series designed to help trail professionals build, grow, manage, maintain, promote or otherwise support trails and trail networks.

Ready to start learning from trail experts across the country? Check out our topics below.

Getting Ready for Celebrate Trails Day

Jan. 10, 2022

Everyone is welcome to participate in this annual springtime celebration of America's trails. We hope that you and your organizations will join in by sharing resources or organizing an event that encourages people in your community to get outside and celebrate! Tune in for our webinar to learn more about Celebrate Trails Day, how to get involved in this year's celebration, our suite of tools and promotional materials that help make participation easy, and more.


Routine Maintenance Costs for Four Season Trails

Dec 16, 2021

Whether you are building a new trail or already maintaining one, planning for routine trail maintenance is critical, but often overlooked aspect of the budgeting process. This webinar will introduce planning and budgeting tools that helps determine the cost of base level maintenance tasks, which, once accurately determined and differentiated from rebuilding and life-cycle costs, will help show the merits of trail investment. In this session Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s maintenance experts will join trail managers to discuss the application of a maintenance cost estimator on their trail.

Creating Inclusive & Equitable Trail Development: Case Studies in Detroit and Milwaukee

June 23, 2021

Trails provide people with safe and inexpensive spaces for outdoor physical activity, commuting and recreation. They can serve as economic catalysts, opening up opportunities for neighborhood reinvestment. They also provide critical “social infrastructure”—public spaces where people can meet, interact and build relationships. The key to maximizing these benefits is ensuring every stakeholder in a community is a part of the development process and will benefit from their use.

What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Trails and Active Transportation

Oct. 7, 2021

Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) for a rapid response webinar where we’ll take your questions about the infrastructure negotiations that are evolving in real time. Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)'s vice president of policy, will be on hand to provide timely updates on the negotiations, discuss what's next, and answer your questions. We will also be joined by Marianne Fowler, RTC's senior strategist for policy advocacy, and Patrick Wojahn, director of government relations.

What the INVEST Act Means for Transformative Active Transportation Policy

June 10, 2021

Join Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)'s vice president of policy, for a rapid-fire webinar answering your questions about the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s newly introduced Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act of 2021.

Understanding Barriers to Trail Use

May 27, 2021

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is leading a national study to better understand the barriers to trail use with a particular focus on race and gender. Our research is built upon regional and national survey instruments developed and implemented over the past 18 months, with a goal of better understanding how the trails movement can support efforts to bring more diversity and inclusivity to outdoor recreation and active transportation. This webinar will preview RTC’s study findings and offer a dialogue with trail and outdoor leaders about strategies to break down barriers to trail use and create more safe and inclusive outdoor spaces.

What the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 Means for Active Transportation

May 25, 2021

Join Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)'s vice president of policy, for a rapid-fire webinar answering your burning questions about the Senate's newly introduced bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021. In this webinar, we'll be joined by Marianne Fowler, RTC's senior strategist for policy advocacy, and Patrick Wojahn, our director of government relations, to discuss the bill and the actions you can take to help ensure that the bill includes strong investment for trails, walking and biking.


Key Trends in Transportation Alternatives

May 12, 2021

Join the authors of RTC’s annual Transportation Alternatives Spending Report for a conversation about the important role the Transportation Alternatives program, the country’s largest dedicated funding source for trails, walking and biking, has played in creating active transportation infrastructure.


Navigating the Congressional Earmaking Process

Mar. 31, 2021

Kevin Mills, RTC's Vice President of Policy provides guidance on the T&I Committee's new earmark guidelines and how communities might leverage the process to help develop and complete priority walking and bicycling infrastructure.

Getting Involved in Trail Advocacy

Feb. 24, 2021

Learn more about how to advocate for trails in your area and to support infrastructure that bolsters healthy, safe and equitable communities across the country.

Get Ready for Celebrate Trails Day

Feb 17, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021, is Celebrate Trails Day (formerly Opening Day for Trails)! We will be providing all sorts of resources to help people plan adventures that allow them to #RecreateResponsibly and practice good trail etiquette—and we need your help. Whether you have birding 101 blog, a video on how to promote inclusive trail use, or a guide on physically distant volunteerism, we hope you will share your tips, trail adventure ideas and activities, and other helpful information about enjoying trails and the outdoors.


Trails & Trains Together: Trends, Challenges & Effective Practices for Rail-with-Trail Development

Jan. 27, 2021

Rails-with-trails (RWTs) - shared-use paths alongside or within active railroad corridors – are being developed in communities across the U.S. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has studied and tracked RWT development since 1996, when 37 RWTs were identified. Today, there are 399 known RWTs in 47 states, with more being planned across the country. In 2013, RTC published America’s Rail-with-Trails, documenting trends, examples and practical tools to assist trail planners and advocates further rail-with-trail development. Over the last ten years, RTC has interviewed and surveyed more than 100 RWT managers and developers to better understand acquisition strategies, design solutions, and practical tools that have helped propel RWT development. This webinar will build off past and current research to share these findings and help communities answer common questions about RWT development.

Redefining Safety on Trails: Creating Safe, Inviting and Inclusive Spaces for All

Dec. 9, 2020

While many conversations regarding safety on trails focus on protection from crime and vehicular traffic, trail users and professionals need a broadened scope of what safety means for everyone to ensure trails remain safe, inclusive and inviting spaces for all. Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Circuit Trails Coalition for an expert panel discussion seeking to widen the framing of safety.

Safe Trail Use During Winter and Covid-19

Nov. 23, 2020

As a change of season approaches and America continues to navigate the pandemic, we've gathered experts to dig in on ways to help you safely get outside this winter.

Tune in to hear from Dr. Rose Gowen and Dr. Jim Sallis, who are also RTC board members, and Vasu Sojitra, a professional athlete and diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist.

A Federal Agenda for Active Transportation in 2021

November 10, 2020

This year has found more Americans walking, biking and using trails than ever, accelerating a growth in trail use, outdoor recreation and active transportation that has been building for years. Along with an increase in trail use has come greater support—a recent Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) poll found that most Americans believe that trails are important assets to their communities. Yet, we face rising challenges in tight local budgets and reduced staff while the number of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries have steadily risen for a decade.


Trends in Transportation Alternatives Funding & Program Implementation Best Practices

September 30, 2020

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently released this year’s Transportation Alternatives Spending Report for FY19. The report provides a detailed review of how effectively federal funds for walking and biking, provided to states through the Transportation Alternative Set-Aside (TASA) program, are used across the country each year. Join RTC for a discussion on our findings in the Transportation Alternatives Spending Report for the 2019 fiscal year and insights from Transportation Alternatives Managers using the program to advance trails, walking and biking in their states. RTC operates the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE) to help stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels better understand and implement the TASA program.

Trail Use Trends: Leveraging Data to Make the Case for Trails

August 1, 2020

Join trail professionals from around the United States for an in-depth discussion around data collection along trails. Panelists share how they have developed trail traffic monitoring programs, on the local, regional and national level, as well as how they are collecting more detailed information about who is using their trails. The discussion includes a focus on how this data is leveraged in a myriad of ways for advocacy, funding and telling the story of trails in communities.

The Role of Trails, Walking and Biking in COVID-19 Management

July 8, 2020

We in the trails, walking and biking space tend to think about mobility space in its own universe. But, if we want equitable mobility outcomes during and after the pandemic, we have to recognize the intersection of our work with other sectors – economic development, public health, transportation equity, policing, etc – and the critical nature of cross-sector collaboration in delivering an equitable pandemic response and post-pandemic future.

Taking Care of Our Trails During the Pandemic and Beyond

June 3, 2020

Join outdoors, park and trail professionals as they discuss the challenges being faced, creative solutions being developed and the role we all can play in being safe and responsible trail users. Whether a fellow trail professional or an avid trail user this discussion will be a great opportunity to learn and understand what it is taking to keep America's trails safe and open in this ever-evolving landscape.

The Role of Trails in Economic Recovery Webinar

April 30, 2020

This webinar provided an overview of how economic stimulus plans and reauthorization of the federal transportation law could advance trails and active transportation, and how you can help.


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