Concurrent Sessions: Specific Strategies & Case Studies

Learn strategies from around the world - from urban bike parks to Argentina - this track is awesome!

Planning and Development of Sustainable Urban Bike Parks (Pro-Panel Q&A)
Moderated by Tim Babcock, Progressive Trail Ramps
Concurrent Session A, Monday, March 26, 10:05 am - 11:20 am
This interactive Q& A session will engage some of the world’s best bike park developers.  Topics will include: What is an Urban Bike Park, the planning process, structuring bids and RFP’s to ensure qualified responses, sustainable design/build methods, Urban Bike Park maintenance, overcoming common objections to Urban Bike Parks through education, the return on investment (ROI) and the broad range of users in Urban Bike Parks, and making Urban Bike Parks a staple in our communities.

Federal Highways Administration Tools and Resources
Christopher Douwes and Jason Workman, Federal Highways Administration (Conference Co-Sponsor)
The Federal Highway Administration’s transportation programs can help create safe, accessible, attractive, and environmentally sensitive communities where people want to live, work, and recreate. Additionally, federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Join this session to learn about current FHWA tools and resources!

Trails Move People
Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
Concurrent Session D, Tuesday, March 27, 8:30 - 9:45 am
American Trails has launched an initiative to bring together the trails community with the goal is to amplify the voice of a diverse trails community. Current members include PTBA, American Hiking Society, Back Country Horsemen of American, NOHVCC, IMBA, Tread Lightly, and the Rails To Trails Conservancy. Learn about Trails Move People and join the discussion to help further this comprehensive initiative!

Sustainable Trail Development and Education in Patagonia: A Case Study in Perito Moreno National Park
Jed Talbot, OBP Trailworks, LLC, PTBA Member
Concurrent Session E, Tuesday, March 27, 1:30 - 2:45 pm
An ambitious recreational trail and infrastructure development project in a remote area of Argentine Patagonia features an extensive system of loops and long distance trails and huts are being constructed with assistance of over 100 people. PTBA member Jed Talbot is coordinating a team of trail experts from the United States, designing trail and training local crews and National Park Staff from all regions of Patagonia. The result is the most extensive recreational trails development and training effort in Patagonian history. 

Pumptrack - from your backyard to world class infrastructure
Jerome Pelland, Sentiers Trails, PTBA Member
Concurrent Session F, Tuesday, March 27,  3:15 - 4:30 pm
This presentation cover the basic principles of design & construction of pumptrack.  We will explore what takes a backyard pumptrack to world class infrastructure, including case studies of some of the best pumptrack in North America. 

Taking Trails from Good to Great, The Value of Trails in Canada`s National Parks
Mark Schmidt Trails Advisor - Visitor Experience Infrastructure, Parks Canada
Concurrent Session  H, Wednesday, March 28, 10:15 - 11:30 am
Consider your favorite view or a memorable experience in the outdoors, or that feeling you had when you completed a long hike or ride. Chances are that many of your memories were created on a trail. Successful trails lead visitors to discover, learn and experience our best places, and do so with minimal impact to the environment and minimal resources. Mark Schmidt will discuss the value of trails and present on Parks Canada`s trail principles. He will share how combining these values and principles have helped Parks Canada move their trails from good to great.