How to Build Safe Walking Networks (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Wednesday, September 13

How to Build a Network of Safe Walking Routes is a 3-hour training session that will convey essential lessons learned from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s deep forays into select communities to build world-class regional trail systems. Special attention will be given to develop and spotlight the walkability implications of this work.

The session will cover key challenges—planning, organizing, tools and data, funding and marketing—and will include engaging discussions broken out by geographical context (urban, suburban and rural).

This training is being led by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and located in Governors 1.


  • Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Brandi Horton, VP of Communications at Rails-to-Trails
  • Laura Cohen, Western Regional Director at Rails-to-Trails
  • Greg Lindsey, Professor at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Patrick Wojahn, Director of Government Affairs at Rails-to-Trails
  • Eric Oberg, Midwest Trail Development Director, Rails-to-Trails

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