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Videos: Engaging Communities Around Urban Pathways

Post by Stephen Miller, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Last month, more than one hundred advocates of urban pathways, greenways and trails from the private and public sectors met in New Orleans for the first in a series of meetings to discuss best practices that encourage physical activity on shared-use pathways in urban neighborhoods.

Topics of discussion included engaging police departments and volunteers to patrol trails, design techniques to improve pedestrian safety at road crossings and how to effectively engage local communities that live or work near a trail. The discussions and presentations that took place were recorded and, as available, are being uploaded to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Urban Pathways Initiative website. Videos of

In many cases, greenway advocates must sustain public interest and support during the long process of planning and constructing a trail. In the first video above, Miquela Craytor of Sustainable South Bronx provides examples of how her organization has worked with the community through both programming such as block parties and 5K runs, and through the design process by working to include benches on the greenway that could deter crime while simultaneously providing a community amenity.

In the second video, Bart Everson and Daniel Samuels explain how the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans evolved after Hurricane Katrina from an idea shared by a few friends to a critical part of that city’s emerging bicycle and pedestrian network.

To participate in this national learning network of advocates and professionals working on urban pathways, join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Urban Pathways Initiative by signing up for e-mails and subscribing to our RSS feed.

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