Trail Tales: From Adversary to Partner

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Opportunities and challenges that affect trail planning and execution across federal and local jurisdictions in the nation’s capital 

  • Emerging biking trends and the process for creating a regional trails vision 

  • Cultural shifts and new perspectives toward partnering that are producing real results 

  • How two formerly unconventional partners with different missions are finding common ground and leveraging their strengths to implement change 

More than 25 years have passed since the National Park Service (NPS) completed a regional trails plan for the National Capital Region (NCR) around Washington, D.C. Since then, explosive growth in on- and off-street trails has created significant pressure for the NPS to balance resource protection along the almost 100 miles of paved trails it manages and maintains. The NPS recently completed the NCR Paved Trails Study; it sets forth a compelling vision and framework for trails that has influenced an internal cultural shift toward viewing trails as both recreational and commuting resources.

This move has created room at the table for groups like the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to join NPS in advancing the vision. More commonly an adversary, WABA is now leveraging its advocacy role and membership base to support the NPS and its regional vision. Learn about the challenges presented by a regional network of trails, the NPS vision and how it was developed, and the new attitudes and perspectives that have emerged.


Gregory Billing , Washington Area Bicyclist Association , Washington , DC (see bio)
Tammy Stidham , National Park Service , Washington , DC (see bio)
Alan Harwood , AECOM , Alexandria , VA (see bio)
Andrea Sweigart , AICP , AECOM , Arlington , VA (see bio)