Getting to “Yes” on Greenway Trails in Your Community

This webinar explored many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multiuse trail projects.

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July 20, 2017

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

This webinar will explore many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multiuse trail projects.

Social barriers are those issues that cannot easily be engineered away because they arise out of people’s values, emotions, and perceptions. We will look at how to address residents’ fears about crime, loss of privacy, noise, depreciating property values, and other issues that are often raised when trying to get public support for new trails in urban settings.

Other social barriers that will be explored include fiscal concerns, such as worries about new taxes and lack of future maintenance funds, and anxieties over potential environmental impacts. We will also discuss how the public engagement process itself can be structured to most effectively address these social barriers in a manner that is respectful and builds consensus.

This webinar will be especially useful for planners, landscape architects, and trail advocates who are tasked with getting public approval for trail projects.


  • How to define and recognize social barriers related to proposed trail projects
  • The importance of addressing social barriers early in the trail approval process
  • The most common social barriers and various ways they are expressed
  • Strategies to address social barriers based on actual trail projects
  • Ways to structure the public engagement process for trail projects to address social barriers



Casey Kempenaar, Senior Planner, City of Citrus Heights, Planning Department

Casey Kempenaar is a Senior Planner with the City of Citrus Heights, where he has served since 2007. He manages both current and long range planning projects for the City, including active transportation and sustainability planning efforts. Casey served as the project manager for the City’s Creek Corridor Trail Project, Bikeway Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan. He has been successful in grant writing for active transportation related projects and community development/economic development efforts. Casey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He earned the American Institute of Certified Planners certification in 2009, and has led community workshops in support of multiple trail related projects.


Mike Dour, Alternative Transportation Manager, City of Roseville

Mike Dour is the Alternative Transportation Manager in the Roseville Public Works Department, and is responsible for overseeing the City of Roseville Active Transportation Program and Roseville Transit bus system. Mike has been with Roseville for 20 years, including 12 years as the City’s Bikeway Planner. Mike is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor (LCI) and regularly provides bicycle safety training to local cyclists. Mike has also conducted presentations on bikeway planning and funding to the Caltrans District 3/ACEC Calmentor Program, the ACE Society of Marketing Professional Services, and the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Roseville Program.


Jim Konopka, Senior Park Planner, City of Folsom, California

Jim Konopka is the Senior Trail Planner for the City of Folsom Parks and Recreation Department. Jim has been with the City of Folsom for 20 years and oversees and coordinates all pedestrian and bicycle facilities planned and constructed within the City. Jim is also responsible for preparing and administering grants to fund bike and pedestrian projects, and oversees the design and construction of all trail projects. Jim works closely with the City’s Public Works Department to coordinate all on-street bikeway projects. Jim has conducted presentations on Bikeway Planning and Design at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy conferences, Caltrans District 3/ACEC Calmentor Program, and State of California Trails and Greenway conference.


Kate Kirsh, PLA, President; Landscape Architect and Trail Planner

Kate Kirsh, Foothill Associates President and Landscape Architect, specializes in parks, trails, recreation, and opens space planning and design at the regional, local, and site scales. She has worked on all phases of project planning and design including site assessment, conceptual design, planting plans, grading, construction drawings, implementation, cost estimating, phasing, community surveys, workshop facilitation, and operations and maintenance strategies. Her experience includes considerable contact with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies as well as private public interest groups, landowners, and tribes. Kate Kirsh co-presented “The Dry Creek Greenway and Parkway: Building Multi-Jurisdiction Consensus for Regional Trails” at the California Trails and Greenway Conference in 2008. She has also run numerous public workshops addressing multiuse trails in rural and urban communities.


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