Trail Tales: From Adversary to Partner
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.
, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Confirmed SpeakerGreg Billing is the Executive Director for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, a regional advocacy and education non-profit membership organization in the Washington, D.C. area. Greg has been with the organization for more than six years, most recently as the organization's Advocacy Coordinator. During his tenure, Greg led WABA’s transition to “bicycling for all” advocacy, which focuses on inclusive, comfortable and safe infrastructure and public policies to support growing ridership. Prior to WABA, Greg has worked in marketing for Cornell Outdoor Education and Finger Lakes ReUse in upstate New York and as an wilderness instructor with Outward Bound in Minnesota, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Greg holds Bachelors of Science in Communication from Cornell University with concentrations in technology and sustainability.
, National Park Service
Confirmed SpeakerChief of Planning, Compliance and Geographic Information Systems for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service in Washington, DC.
Confirmed SpeakerAlan Harwood Vice President, Principal AECOM
Confirmed SpeakerAndrea Sweigart, AICP, is a senior planner and project manager with AECOM with extensive experience leading local and regional scale efforts related to parks, open space, greenways and environmental planning projects, including watershed and natural resource-based initiatives. With over 18 years of experience, she has built a diverse portfolio of planning projects in federal, state, and municipal sectors. She led the multi-year effort CapitalSpace, the first comprehensive analysis of Washington's parks and open spaces in over 40 years, and the National Park Service's Paved Trails Study for the National Capital Region completed in 2016.