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American Trails presents "Connecting Communities: Integrating Transportation and Recreation Networks" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"



Connecting Communities: Integrating Transportation and Recreation Networks

American Trails will present this Webinar on September 21, 2017 with Christopher Douwes and Laura Toole with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This webinar will explore how to integrate transportation and recreation infrastructure. This webinar was a concurrent session at the 2017 International Trails Symposium.


Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
: $0 members / $55 nonmembers (CEUs $20 additional fee)



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Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

There is a $20 fee if you wish to receive CEU credit. In our online store, please be sure and select "YES" for CEUs when registering for your webinar and the $20 fee will automatically be added onto your total. If you are registering for a free webinar, please select “YES” for CEUs and then you will be required to purchase CEUs separately in our online store.

CEUs are provided through the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), an authorized independent CEU provider through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Our 75 minute webinars are worth 0.10 CEUs. In order to receive CEUs, you must pay for the CEUs, attend the live webinar logged in under your own name, and take a quiz that will be sent to you following the webinar. A certificate of completion will be emailed to you within 21 days following the webinar.


CLOSED CAPTIONING: We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VITAC Corporation. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.



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This presentation demonstrates how to integrate transportation and recreation infrastructure. It describes a process in Columbus, Ohio, to assess transportation and recreation facilities for connectivity. It also describes several FHWA publications that highlight ways that planners and designers can apply the design flexibility found in national design guidelines to address common design challenges and barriers. These publications focus on reducing multimodal conflicts and achieving connected networks, so that walking and bicycling are safe, comfortable, and attractive options for people of all ages and abilities.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published several guidance memos and reports in 2015 through 2017 to help communities achieve safe, accessible, comfortable, and connected multimodal networks. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how and why it may be appropriate to connect communities through an integration of transportation and recreational trail facilities.



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Participants will be able to describe Federal surface transportation policy and design guidelines related to trails and nonmotorized transportation. They will identify processes to develop solutions to help communities achieve safe, accessible, comfortable, and connected multimodal networks. They will be able to recognize and evaluate planning and design sources that they can use to prepare nonmotorized transportation plans and construct projects that connect communities.


Presenters for the Webinar:


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Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA) since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities. Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990. Email:



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Laura Toole is a Planning and Environmental Specialist in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Ohio Division. She manages the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Recreational Trails Programs, as well as serving as the liaison to five Ohio Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and the point of contact for MPO transportation performance management and integration of safety into the planning process. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Industrial Engineering with a focus on Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech. Email:


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