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published Feb 11, 2014
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Transportation connects people and places. It provides access to jobs, education, shopping and recreation. More than one-quarter of all trips we make are less than a mile — an easy walking distance — and nearly one-half of all trips are within three miles — an easy biking distance. Yet, we make more than 78 percent of these short trips by car.
published Oct 1, 2019
American communities today are at a crossroads. For the past 70 years, the automobile has been the dominant mode of transportation and has received the lion’s share of federal and state transportation investment. Engineers have prioritized maximum car throughput and free-flowing speed or level of service as markers of transportation efficiency and success. Now, communities across America are looking for ways to strike a better balance so that residents might have more transportation choices and a higher quality of life. Multimodal transportation systems that prioritize human-centered mobility are in high demand.
published Feb 3, 2020
American Trails Staff
The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “It depends.”
published Aug 17, 2018
Encouraging different types of users to share the trail is just as important on urban trails as it is on backcountry trails.
published Nov 7, 2019
American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.
posted Oct 24, 2019
A variety of steel-frame commercial bridges along typical multiple-use trails.
Separate trails in the same corridor provide for different activities.
published Aug 14, 2019
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
Let’s face it. Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do, and how can we avoid it in the first place?
posted Jun 20, 2019
Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.
Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.
published Sep 17, 2018
How many users can a paved trail support before it becomes too crowded or over used?
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