This webinar will explore many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multiuse trail projects. Social barriers are those issues that cannot easily be engineered away because they arise out of people’s values, emotions, and perceptions. We will look at how to address residents’ fears about crime, loss of privacy, noise, depreciating property values, and other issues that are often raised when trying to get public support for new trails in urban settings. Other social barriers that will be explored include fiscal concerns, such as worries about new taxes and lack of future maintenance funds, and anxieties over potential environmental impacts. We will also discuss how the public engagement process itself can be structured to most effectively address these social barriers in a manner that is respectful and builds consensus. This webinar will be especially useful for planners, landscape architects, and trail advocates who are tasked with getting public approval for trail projects.
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All webinars in the American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series are recorded. A link to the recording is included with the purchase of the webinar and will be sent within a day or two following the webinar, along with a pdf of the resources slide shown during the Q&A portion of the webinar that includes presenter contact information. Access to the recordings may also be purchased after the live session through the American Trails Online Store.
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