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.