Learn how trail leaders are generating support through techniques like outings and events, hikes with landowners, improved mapping and compelling visual images and engage in a sharing of lessons learned.
by Bill Long, Board Chair Emeritus, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Frank Maguire, Program Director of Trails and Recreation, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (Harrisburg Office), Diane Kripas, Division Chief
|Both Pennsylvania and its regional networks and California’s Bay Area Ridge Trail are striving to build long distance trails that connect parks and open spaces for the benefit of residents and visitors. Pennsylvania has over 250 gaps challenging its progress and the Ridge Trail has 156 gaps impacting its ability to complete a planned 550-mile system. Easy trail sections were completed years ago. Progress is slowing in both states and requiring more dynamic and creative approaches to closing stubborn gaps that are often expensive, may lack public support and can require creative engineering solutions.|
On average, the majority of survey respondents disapprove of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This remains true across the board for each of the major user groups; however, mountain bike rider respondents are less likely to disapprove of allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails and equestrian respondents are more likely to disapprove.
On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.
With this document, the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative takes the approach used in roadbuilding and applies it to creating a countywide network of greenways.
Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by COVID-19 and recent acts of police brutality call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment.