The momentum for improving trail connectivity in Greater Cincinnati has
come a long way since Tri-State Trails was organized as an initiative of
Green Umbrella in 2013. Millions of dollars have been invested in
constructing over 35 miles of trails and on-road bike lanes, and many
more are in the works. In fact, $191 million is now committed to fund pedestrian and bike infrastructure through OKI Regional Council of Government's 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as a result of Tri-State Trails' advocacy. To illustrate the demand for expanding and connecting trails, we developed and implemented a comprehensive regional trail measurement program, in partnership with Interact for Health, which estimates 11 million miles were traveled by users of our trail network in 2017. Through our multi-jurisdictional projects like CROWN and Miami 2 Miami Connection, we're uniting cross-sector partners behind a common goal--to connect our communities.
In 2018, Tri-State Trails' Summit will explore
how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation,
encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail
development. We are excited to feature keynote speaker Kären
Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural
Trail, Inc., to share the story of how Indianapolis was able to create a world renowned 8-mile bike
and pedestrian path and linear park. Please join us!
About our keynote speaker, Kären Haley
Kären Haley is the founding Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., the non-profit responsible behind the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park in downtown Indianapolis. Under her leadership the organization launched the Pacers Bikeshare program along the Cultural Trail in 2014. She is on the board of directors of the North American Bikes Share Association and was named by the Indianapolis Business Journal to the 2015 ’40 Under 40’ list. Prior to leading the Cultural Trail, Ms. Haley was the City of Indianapolis’ first Director of the Office of Sustainability. She began her career working for URS Corporation in the transportation demand management group. Originally from Atlanta, Kären has lived in Indianapolis since 2008. She holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Indiana University and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Tim and their three young children.
Tri-State Trails' Summit is an opportunity for local and regional trail advocates to convene and strategize ways to advance our agenda for improved trail connectivity in the Greater Cincinnati region. Below is a brief history of the Summit:
2013: Trail advocates met in a charrette format to envision the first ideation of what is now our Regional Trails Plan. This forum garnered the support from Interact for Health to fund our first major community outreach effort with Human Nature and the mapping of our official Regional Trails Plan. The Regional Trails Alliance was formed.
2014: The Regional Trails Alliance and Human Nature presented our first Regional Trails Plan and a Model Resolution to codify community level support for the plan.
2015: Featuring the theme, "Making Connections," the Regional Trails Alliance showcases best practices from surrounding regions and encourages OKI Regional Council of Governments to incorporate more trails into the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. Green Umbrella announces the hiring of its first Regional Trails Coordinator, Wade Johnston.
2016: Tri-State Trails advanced the conversation forward with an agenda focused around "Making the Economic Case for Trails." We featured perspectives from the business community as a testament to the fact that trails are an economic development driver in Greater Cincinnati. Tri-State Trails addressed the need to implement infrastructure solutions that meet users where they are and discussed how we begin move in that direction.