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Dual tread trails: multiple use aided by multiple pathways

Trails with two adjacent or parallel treadways, often with different surfaces. While it is an axiom of trail planning that we can't afford to provide a separate trail for everyone, sometimes it makes sense to have two treads in the same corridor. The examples are from a variety of geographic areas, primarily urban greenways. Where there is a significant amount of bicycle as well as pedestrian traffic, the paving is often extended to 10 or 12 feet wide. Another solution is to provide an adjacent tread of crushed rock for walkers and runners and to allow cyclists to pass slower traffic. Runners often make their own informal trail in the dirt next to the pavement. Where equestrian use is present a typical solution is to simply let the horse riders make their own narrow trail. This keeps them a comfortable distance from others, but only works where steep banks and erosion are not a problem. Mountain bikers also take advantage of topography along the corridor to create a single track with more ups and downs.

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(Commentary by Stuart Macdonald, August 2009)

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