The Devil is in the Details: Common Trail Design Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

The goal of this webinar is to teach planners, landscape architects, engineers, and trail committee volunteers a variety of best practices for trail design. Hard surfaced trails are not as easy to design as they seem.

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Event Details

September 20, 2018

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

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

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Cost (RECORDING):

$19 for members (Trail Professional level or higher)
$39 for nonmembers

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Webinar Outline

The goal of this webinar is to teach planners, landscape architects, engineers and trail committee volunteers a variety of best practices for trail design. Hard surfaced trails are not as easy to design as they seem. Details that can make trails safer, more user-friendly and more accessible are often overlooked. Cost overruns, project delays, permitting problems, construction “surprises” and maintenance headaches can often be avoided by employing better planning approaches & design techniques.

The presenter has distilled 20+ years of trail planning experience and added advice collected from a dozen trail designers and managers into a set of best practices on trail planning & design. You’ll view good and bad design examples on over 20 topics, such as: boardwalks, tunnels, trailheads, environmental planning, wetlands, accessibility details, wayfinding and more. Information will be presented in an easy-to understand, non-technical format with photos and drawings from around the U.S.

This webinar is designed for professionals who have a novice to intermediate level of trail planning or design experience. It focuses on new construction or rehabilitation of hard surface trails (asphalt, concrete, crushed stone, etc.) for bicycling, walking, ADA accessibility or multiple uses. However, many of the design techniques discussed also apply to natural surface trails.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Avoid common trail development problems and delays by applying trail planning approaches and design techniques;

2. Distinguish between good and bad trail designs for several trail elements, including boardwalks, bridges, trailheads, wayfinding, road crossings, grading, alignment, culverts, etc.;

3. Apply tips and techniques during the planning, design, construction bidding and management stages of trails for a smoother development process, more user-friendly trail, and fewer maintenance headaches.

4. Access additional trail planning and design resources, to be provided on a resource list.

Presenter

Holly Larson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service

Holly Larson has been a trail planner since the early 1990's, and for the last 18 years has been an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. In this position, she has assisted over 25 communities in Minnesota with planning and design for hard surface multi-use trails, collaborating with multiple trail user groups, and state, county and city engineers and trail managers. She worked for five years as a Trail Planner for the Maryland--National Capitol Planning Commission, where she was asked to fix really bad trail design mistakes, and to make bicyclists, hikers and equestrians get along. She started her trail planning career as a Monroe County Planner in the Florida Keys, when the first ISTEA legislation was passed. She and a colleague dreamed up a trail for the Keys and succeeded in obtaining funding for the first segments of what would become the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. She holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Contact: holly_larson@nps.gov

 

Closed Captioning

We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Free webinars require a $15 fee for learning credits.

Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).