TrailNation and The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 20, 2018 in Events

Keith Holt, Community Education Manager, attended the TrailNation Summit

I’m Keith, Community Education Manager at Bike Easy, and in early June, I attended the TrailNation Summit in Milwaukee. The Summit was a gathering of national experts, public officials, trail and active transportation advocates as well as philanthropic, public health and economic development professionals from RTC’s TrailNation™ projects and the TrailNation Collaborative. The Summit was an opportunity to share best practices and real-world challenges and gather best approaches for building regional trail networks in communities across America.

Our TrailNation Project-The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network Project (aka La Boot)

The state of Louisiana is referred to as the “Boot-Shaped State” thus the name The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network Project. This ambitious project seeks to connect large and small communities by land and water beginning at the “toe of the boot.” By linking existing and future trails and greenways together, the goal is to create a continuous all-ages and all-abilities walk and bike network for recreation, transportation, and tourism that stretches more than 100 miles between the Mississippi state line and the Louisiana state capitol, Baton Rouge. Look for more specifics about The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network Project in a future Bike Easy blog.

Summit Highlights

  • A moving presentation by Vanessa Garrison from GirlTrek. Watch the video, it almost made this brotha cry.
  • A mobile workshop discussing the 30th Street Corridor trail project. This is very significant to me as I used to work in Milwaukee before moving to New Orleans. The 30th Street Corridor trail project was an idea many us working on or the near west side of Milwaukee wanted to see developed. I was beaming inside knowing this trail idea is moving forward.

Check out the following concept image and videos from Rails-to-Trails on developing a trail network.

concept

Watch Coverage of the Summit

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