Strategies for Encouraging Walking and Biking in Urban Communities

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napolean A | Posted: Monday, 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Multi-use trails in underserved urban areas present a unique set of challenges and opportunities; the mere presence of a trail does not guarantee frequent use by nearby residents or routine maintenance and upkeep. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative (RTC) aims to engage community groups and trail managers in a process that results in frequent use and community ownership of the trail. Hear case studies of urban multi-use trails that have employed effective techniques to increase trail use and improve perceptions of safety for trail users and find out how the Urban Pathways Initiative and RTC and its partners are exploring innovative approaches to programming, community engagement, and partnerships on urban pathways.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how to engage community groups and trail managers.
  2. Overcome safety and crime concerns.
  3. Increase trail use by residents and adjacent neighborhoods.
  4. Understand the free resources available through RTC's UPI-initiative.


For more information contact:

Kyle Lukacs, National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
An economics graduate from the University of Utah with a passion for transportation and its economic impact on society, Kyle Lukacs has worked for NTEC and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for since 2010. His expertise is in the Transportation Enhancements program and the Federal-aid Highway program rules and regulations which apply to it. He is responsible for managing relations with Federal and State Transportation Enhancements Implementers, conducting spending analysis, and providing technical assistance.