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posted Mar 13, 2018
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
A survey of all rail-trail managers in an effort to document the level of crime on trails, and identify the mitigation measures used by trail designers and managers.
A brief study of two successful rural trails, one utilizing an active irrigation canal alignment (Calgary to Chestermere Lake) and the other converted from an abandoned rail line (The Iron Horse Trail-Elk Point to Heinsburg).
This study looks at property values and crime rates adjacent to the rail-trail.
Despite increased promotion of trails for health and recreation, critics of new trail development continue to raise questions about the suitability of trails in neighborhoods. Concerns often focus on the impact of trails on property values and public safety in different types of neighborhoods.
This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance and management.
Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.
posted Feb 19, 2018
Brittain Storck with Alta Planning + Design,
Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D Texas A&M Extension,
Lisa Beyer with Alta Planning + Design
Fighting crime through design.
Strategies and tactics for promoting safety on urban trails.
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