Urban Pathways News and Updates
- Portland, Ore. – Community Cycling Center Director Alison Gravespresented the Understanding Barriers to Bicycling project at a seminar at Portland State University. As part of the project, the center conducted workshops and focus groups with various communities of color, providing insight on how best to tailor programming.
- Minneapolis, Minn. – Streetfilms produced a video highlighting the city’s bike-friendly improvements, including trail network construction and trail programming such as the Midtown Greenway Trail Watch.
- Greenville, S.C. – In a newspaper article about safety on the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail, trail planners Ty Houck and Brian Graham point to various anti-crime design techniques they discussed at our gathering in New Orleans.
- Washington, D.C. – On the occasion of the ribbon cutting for the newest section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (pictured), we look back at trail planner Heather Deutsch’s presentation on construction challenges.
In addition to news from around the nation, there are new resources and opportunities available to your trail:
Apply for RTCA Assistance by August 1
The National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program is asking outdoor conservation projects to apply for technical assistance from NPS staff. Many urban pathways have received assistance from RTCA, and your project could be next! Visit the RTCA website to fill out an application or contact an RTCA staff member near you.
New Resource: Trail Maintenance Funding
Discover a new section of RTC’s Trail-Building Toolbox dedicated to funding mechanisms for trail maintenance. It highlights four urban trails – in Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas – that have taken different approaches to funding upkeep. The new resource includes documents that can help your trail.
Stay on top of the latest resources by visiting the Urban Pathways Initiative and using our RSS feed . Is there something we’re missing or a question you have for the larger group? Let us know in the forums.