In 2009, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) began a multi-year project to ensure that residents along the Compton Creek bike, equestrian and walking trails were involved in using and supporting their trails, as well as to provide opportunities for programs and activities. RTC’s involvement came through the Urban Pathways Initiative, supported by The Kresge Foundation, as one of five projects around the country receiving in-depth assistance to maximize use of their trails in metropolitan areas. In phase one, RTC evaluated the environmental and social conditions of the trail and adjacent neighborhoods. Combined with empirical research and community participation, RTC created this multi-year action strategy for encouraging use and community stewardship of the trail.
Urban Pathways Initiative (UPI) is a program of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) that advocates for equitable investment in vulnerable communities to promote the health, transportation and environmental benefits of trail use. UPI provides community-based assistance to groups and municipal agencies which promote or develop pathways intersecting low-income communities.