SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL MEDICAL MILE: A HEALTHY BRIDGE TO THE FINISH
This presentation is designed to illustrate the benefits of nontraditional, health-oriented partnerships for trail development, promotion, policymaking, and fundraising. The presentation will offer tips for creating medical community partnerships and document a $2.1 million dollar success story for one mile of trail in Central Arkansas.
Speakers: Terry Eastin, Executive Director, Mississippi River Trail, Inc; Marcia Atkinson, Cardiologist, Heart Clinic Arkansas
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: A NEW PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Funded at $612 million, the new Federal Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) provides each State Department of Transportation with a minimum of one million dollars annually to undertake projects and activities to enable and encourage more children to walk and bike to school. Come hear the head of the Federal SRTS program describe the implementation status and the key features of this new national program. A perspective on this program from the state and regional/advocacy levels will follow with presentations from the Iowa Safe Routes to School Coordinator and the Safe Routes to School Director of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.
Speakers: Tim Arnade, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Office of Highway Safety Programs, Federal Highway Administration; Kathy Ridnour, Iowa Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, Office of Systems Planning, Iowa Department of Transportation; Melody Geraci, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
DOLLARS AND SENSE IN THE QUAD CITIES
This session will outline the benefits trails bring to a community, such as increasing land value, enhancing quality of life, providing educational opportunities and preserving our environment. The panel will consist of a realtor, educator, economic developer, and others who have developed and maintained trails around the region. The format will allow for questions and answers from the audience to understand better why trails are an economic boom for any area.
Moderator: Susan Zelnio, Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: Mary Lagerblade, Relocation Director, Mel Foster Company; Liz Haynes, Natural Resource Educator, University of Illinois Extension -- Rock Island County; Randy Hill, Public Works, City of Muscatine, Iowa
RAIL CORRIDOR ACQUISITION, WHY AND HOW
The importance of preserving rail corridors for trail use is known to most of us; we also know the task is frequently not easy. One way to make this task easier is to help folks recognize the other opportunities that come with preserving these corridors; the co-location of utilities and other "transportation" amenities underground with the trail becoming the "frosting on the cake." Join us in a session that will explore the many reasons to acquire rail corridors for conversion to trails and the strategies and techniques to use when considering acquisition.
Moderator: Tom Neenan, Iowa Trails Council
Speakers: Tom Neenan, Iowa Trails Council; Charles Montange, Attorney; Ray Irvin, Director of Greenways and Bikeways, Indiana Department of Transportation
PLANNING AND DESIGNING FOR TRAIL SAFETY
This session will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in accident and crime reduction on trails. It will build awareness of trail safety issues including perspective, methods and successful examples of solutions and approaches to the reduction of accidents and crime through planning, design and policies.
Moderator: Robert Searns, Trail Development Consultant, Greenway Team, Inc. and Chair, American Trails Board
Speakers: Robert Searns, Trail Development Consultant, Greenway Team, Inc.; Graham Frank, Project Engineer, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc.; John Pflaum, ASCG Incorporated; Kim Frederick, Jefferson County Open Space
TRAILS FOR EVERYONE
Access for people with disabilities is integral to the planning and design of outdoor recreation facilities, including trails. This session will provide an overview of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Outdoor Developed Areas, which contains accessibility guidelines for trails, picnic and camping facilities, and beach access. These new guidelines will apply to all Federal land management agencies covered by the Architectural Barriers Act. An important update of the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard will also be discussed. We will then highlight real world examples of applying these new guidelines to difficult environmental situations along the Appalachian Trail as members of the Appalachian Trails Conservancy discuss the innovative ways to apply the proposed standards in successful projects.
Moderator: Mike Passo, Owner and Operator, Elakah Expeditions LLC and American Trails Board Member
Speakers: William R. Botten, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board; Teresa Martinez, Trail Program Manager, Appalachian Trails Council, Virginia Regional Office; Dave Reus, Appalachian Trails Conservancy, Virginia Regional Office
CANAL TRAILS WITH DICK AND JANE:HISTORIC CANALS, NEW USES, RENEWED
Historically, canals were all about transporting goods and people. Today, they still serve a transportation purpose as greenways, and also preserve historic resources, provide a wide variety of healthy recreation opportunities, and contribute to local and regional economies. This session will cover two unique historic canals. The Hennepin Canal in northern Illinois transported goods between Chicago and the Mississippi River and was a model for the Panama Canal, and today, is a linear park with a variety of trail and outdoor opportunities, including a 73-mile bike trail. Pennsylvania's 320-mile Mainline Canal Greenway connects unique historic communities and Canal Towns between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Moderator: Patti Klein, National Stewardship/Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management
Speakers: Jane Sheffield, Executive Director, Allegheny Ridge Corporation; Dick Westfall, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
PREDICTING TRAIL USE AND IMPACT
If you've been involved in the development of trails you've surely been confronted with questions concerning how to predict the number of users and the cost-benefit ratio of investing in trail facilities. This session, hosted by experts in the field of trail planning and development, will provide an overview of trail planning and development and present inexpensive analytical methodologies for answering all of your trail development questions.
Moderator: Steve Bowman, Trails Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation
Speakers: Kenneth C. Chilman, Associate Professor, Emeritus, Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University; Les Wadzinski, Recreation Program Manager, Hoosier National Forest; Stephen A. Wolter, Executive Director, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University; John M. Drew, Project Manager, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University
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