Connect Trails to Transportation Planning and Funding
Strategy to find new funding sources
Speakers: Spencer Finch, Director of Sustainable Development, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Diane Kripas, Chief, Greenways and Conservation Partnerships Division, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvania’s new Outdoor Recreation Plan: The Keystone for Healthy Living identified trails as the state’s top recreational need. Trail advocates are partnering with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resource in a strategy to find new funding sources to better market the network. The presentation will feature a case study of how the PA DCNR, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and other organizations "tee'd-up" segments for a Federal Stimulus funding opportunity that tapped $17 million in TIGER grant funds. On the marketing side, the new ExplorePaTrails.com website will be featured.
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.
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