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.
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.
Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Many cities already practice "open streets" and "car-free streets" on major thoroughfares as standard practice on weekends, but with the unprecedented changes we’re facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, converting more streets to car-free zones seven days per week could profoundly change the quality of life for millions of Americans. Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to hear from advocates and city leaders who have acted quickly to make open-streets available in their cities on a daily basis.
Trail Use and Management During the COVID 19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we’re seeing how important trails and other active transportation infrastructure are in creating strong, healthy, resilient communities. In the last few weeks, we seen unprecedented numbers of people turning to trails and walking and biking for physical activity, respite and transportation. As a result, trail managers are facing unprecedented challenges to respond to the extreme increase in demand, while simultaneously striving to balance public health and safety in an era of social distancing. Watch our rapid-response webinar to hear from trail leaders in COVID-19 hotspots who are facing these challenges in real time.
RTC's Release of Study Connecting Cleveland to Pittsburgh by Trail
March 18, 2020
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and our Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition partners invite you to join us and leaders from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania as we detail findings from the Cleveland to Pittsburgh corridor feasibility study. The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition is pursuing a vision of a 1,500-miles-plus multiuse trail network that stretches across 51 counties in four states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The trail network is one of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation™ projects designed to demonstrate the outcomes that trail networks deliver to every type of community in the nation.
How You Can Impact the Next Federal Transportation Bill
February 26, 2020
Watch our webinar to learn how you can help advance trails and active transportation through the federal transportation debate now underway and ensure the passage of legislation that funds and supports active transportation. This webinar reviews the progress we’ve made thus far and provide an overview of priority funding bills. Learn about the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act, the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act, the Recreational Trails Program Full Funding Act of 2020 and the Active Transportation for Public Lands Act; explore why these bills are important for trails and active transportation; and find out how you can help make sure they are included in the reauthorization package.
Get Ready for Opening Day for Trails 2020
January 30, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020, is Opening Day for Trails (Opening Day)! Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and people across the nation to kick off the spring trail season by hitting your favorite trail for a walk, run, ride or special event. On Thursday, Jan. 30, we are hosting a special webinar for you—our amazing partners—to share resources and to answer questions you may have about Opening Day for Trails.
Connecting America's Active Transportation Systems Act
January 28, 2020
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosts a Q&A to answer your questions about the newly introduced "Connecting America's Active Transportation Systems Act," co-sponsored by Reps. Daniel Lipinski (Ill.-3), Jared Huffman (Calif.-2) and Chris Pappas (N.H.-1), will provide $500 million in direct funding to help communities and regions across the country build connected active-transportation systems to ensure people can get where they want to go safely by foot, bike or wheelchair.
Trail Development and Technical Assistance Resources
January 22, 2020
RTC has a number of resources available to trail professionals and advocates to build and grow your trail network. Learn more about useful information and data on railstotrails.org and new ways to connect with trail professionals from across the country.
The Path Forward: America’s Active Transportation Investment
October 15, 2019
Trail networks are as fundamental to America’s transportation systems as roads and rail lines and deserve robust federal investment. The webinar discussion will explore the return on investment that flows from policies that prioritize active transportation infrastructure and greenways to make walking and biking more seamless for more people.
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