2021 Conference Presentation
What’s Ahead for Trails? Legislative Update
This session will focus on what’s happening at the national and state level around trail policy and the implications for funding opportunities in the future. With the new administration at the national level, and appointment of Pete Buttigieg as USDOT leader, the stage is set for a shift in national multimodal transportation policy. Starting last year the East Coast Greenway initiated national effort to include greenways and trails in stimulus funding, as critical active transportation and health infrastructure. Discussions are underway to advance complete streets, increase environmental equity, and protect natural lands and open space. Likewise, there have been evolving discussions at the state-level in terms of support for trails and greenways. What does the future hold? We’ve put together a panel that is tracking national and state-level policy discussions and will brief us on what they’re hearing. Presentation with Q&A to follow.
Moderator: Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance
- Brantley Tyndall, President, Virginia Bicycling Federation, Director of Outreach, Sports Backers/Bike Walk RVA; and Chair, Richmond Families for Safe Streets
- Patrick Wojahn, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Director of Government Relations