Destination Trails

Connecting People & Places to Bring Vitality to Communities

This session will explore the multitude of ways to connect people to trails and places with bikeways.

Speakers: Ginny Sullivan, Director Travel Initiatives, Adventure Cycling Association; Eric Weis, Trails Program Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance; Tim Mitchell, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation

This session will explore the multitude of ways to connect people to trails and places with bikeways. By creating bikeways, trail advocates can generate faster progress on projects and make immediate impact on local communities by providing both tourism and active transportation opportunities. We’ll explore two initiatives that promote long distance trails as recreation, transportation, and tourism destinations– both received a final designation as a U.S. Bicycle Route. Linking trails and public places with both on-road and off-road accommodations to urban and suburban communities has proven to shift mode share and can be the impetus for developing bicycle friendly practices. In addition, “destination trails” provide economic vitality to the region. Learn from the experts of these trail initiatives how they view their individual efforts against the greater goal of a transportation system, how they solve challenges, and what tools they’ve developed to promote bicycle friendly developments in towns of all sizes.

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View MN Mississippi River Bikeway Presentation Online

View East Coast Greenway Presentation Online

Compton Creek Trails Community Assessment

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.

Bikeway selection guide

The Bikeway Selection Guide from the Federal Highway Administration will help planners make informed decisions about the selection of bike- way types. This guide emphasizes engineering judgment, design flexibility, documentation, and experimentation.

Trail Innovations in the Desert Southwest

This session discusses community expectations and public involvement in trail development.

Programming Trail Experiences for All: Our One Shot at Building a Trail Culture

This talk will share programming examples and make a case for how these connections can transform communities from a culture of indifference to a culture of “yes,” of hospitality, of inclusion, and stewardship.