Webinars

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.

Trail Networks and Housing Stability Part 1: Exploring the Evidence Base

May 3, 2022

In recent years, concerns have emerged through location-specific studies about the correlation between trails and gentrification, especially in high-profile urban trail markets with significant housing cost pressures. To better understand the relationship between trail development and housing stability in a wide range of neighborhoods and housing markets, RTC partnered with researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Brookings Institution to study this issue further, and with Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative to conduct a thorough review of affordable housing best practices around trails and trail networks.

In this webinar, we will explore the research and evidence base surrounding the relationship between trails, property values and displacement, as well as best practices to promoting housing stability alongside trail development to create equitable and inclusive communities.

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March 16, 2022

Join TA managers from across the country and the authors of RTC’s annual Transportation Alternatives Spending Report to learn more about innovative TA best practices, current trends, new provisions in the BIL, and how you can prepare for new TA funding to arrive to your state.

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Accessibility on Rail-Trails and Other Shared Use Paths

March 4, 2022

Accessibility is an important part of trail development, as it ensures that a trail is available to all users, including persons with disabilities. Interested in learning what actions you can take to provide an accessible and inclusive experience on your trails? This webinar will provide an overview of the proposed accessibility guidelines for public rights-of-way and shared-use paths (Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines, or PROWAG) and insights from experts who have implemented these guidelines on trails in their community. Presenters include Juliet Shoultz (U.S. Access Board), Christopher Douwes (FHWA) and Matt Ludwig (NV5, Philadelphia).

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Get a RAISE for Trails and Active Transportation

February 22, 2022

Learn how to secure a grant of up to $25 million for your trail network. In this webinar, we'll highlight the evolving priorities, criteria and considerations to help your proposal stand out from the crowd. Patrick Wojahn, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s director of government relations, will host a panel of recent RAISE recipients as they discuss their projects and tips for successful applications. Panelists include Sara Maier, Cleveland Metroparks’ senior strategic park planner, Lonny Boring, St. Louis, Missouri’s Great Rivers Greenway’s senior project manager, and Ned Barret and Pat Votava, who played key roles in the successful application for the Spartanburg County Multi-Modal Project in South Carolina.

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Making the Most of Funding Opportunities in the Infrastructure Bill

February 8, 2022

The passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) means that our work has just begun to make sure that state and local partners can make the most of new funding opportunities. Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) to hear what comes next for federal funding and discuss how your trail and active transportation projects can meet the moment. We will explore new opportunities created by changes in funding levels and policies for Transportation Alternatives, the emphasis on active transportation in RAISE, and other new funding programs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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