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Understanding Barriers to Trail Use
While trails appear to be beloved by most and treasured assets in the communities they serve, the reality is that many are excluded from these spaces—and the benefits they bring. Whether access to trails is limited by the accessibility and availability of infrastructure, or because the spaces do not feel inclusive and welcoming, it is essential that trail development professionals understand the barriers that exist preventing people from using and benefiting from trails. In particular, people living in low-income neighborhoods, Communities of Color, people with disabilities, older adults, women, and people with limited English proficiency are among those who have been traditionally underserved, mis-served or left out of trails and other outdoor spaces. 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is leading a national study to better understand the barriers to trail use with a particular focus on race and gender. Our research is built upon regional and national survey instruments developed and implemented over the past 18 months, with a goal of better understanding how the trails movement can support efforts to bring more diversity and inclusivity to outdoor recreation and active transportation.

This webinar will preview RTC’s study findings and offer a dialogue with trail and outdoor leaders about strategies to break down barriers to trail use and create more safe and inclusive outdoor spaces.

Panelists:
- Torsha Bhattacharya, Director of Research, RTC
- Xavier Brown, Small Parks Specialist, DC Parks & Recreation
- Caressa Givens, Milwaukee Advocacy & Programs Manager, Wisconsin Bike Fed
- Nicole Jackson, Environmental Educator, Park Advocate, Birder, and Organizer

May 27, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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