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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.
The reemergence of earmarks in the infrastructure and appropriations process in Congress is creating huge opportunity for trail projects that are ready to go.
American Trails contributor Josh Adams recently interviewed Lawrence Simonson, who serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of the PedNet Coalition, to talk pedestrian safety, projects and obstacles, and making a difference in Missouri.
The 2016-2021 Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation builds on 25 years of progress toward increasing walking and biking safety and activity throughout the United States. The 1994 National Bicycling and Walking Study: Transportation Choices for Changing America set the stage for advancing safe, accessible, comfortable, and well-used pedestrian and bicycle transportation networks, with a focus on increasing trips and reducing injuries and fatalities.
This resource highlights ways that different communities have mapped their existing and proposed bicycle networks. It shows examples of maps at different scales, while also demonstrating a range of mapping strategies, techniques, and approaches. Facility types represented on the respective maps and legends are each different because they represent a community’s unique context and needs.