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published Jun 30, 2018
The phenomena of thru-hiking has been on a dramatic rise, spurring hikers to venture onto increasingly remote and challenging trails over extended periods of time. Despite the recent popularity of thru-hiking, the field remains relatively unstudied. In recreation,
the expectations held beforehand have been linked to perceptions after an activity, but this has not been explored in thru-hiking.
published Jun 1, 2013
This study evaluated pack weight to understand the limits of long-term load carriage. Participants were Appalachian Trail hikers who attempted to complete the entire trail in the 2012 season.
published Jan 1, 2009
The purpose of this research was to examine the outcomes prompting hiking along the Appalachian Trail (AT).
published Aug 1, 2015
In recent years, fat bikes have become a popular option for mountain bikers. A fat bike is a mountain bike equipped with tires ranging from 9.3 – 10.1 cm wide, twice as wide as a traditional mountain bike tire (Barber, 2014). This allows them to be ridden at an inflation pressure as low as 27579 Pascal (4 PSI). The wide surface area, and low inflation pressure, of these tires allows for excellent handling of the bicycle while riding over sand, mud, and snow. It is difficult, if not impossible, for a traditional mountain bike to ride over such surfaces.
A participant in outdoor recreation is defined as an individual who took part in one or more of 42 outdoor activities at least once during 2017.
posted Jul 31, 2020
Learn about successful strategies from recreation and parks professionals that address the disconnect from nature through facility and land use planning, program development, and community education and partnerships.
published Jun 1, 2020
The purpose of this report is to describe the economic, quality of life, public health, and other benefits that Mariposa County and its residents are likely to enjoy from the Merced River Trail based on research and experiences of communities with similar projects.
published Aug 21, 2017
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
All over America, hospitals and regional healthcare systems are beginning to tap into the enormous potential of trails to address local health problems. Trails are now recognized as being vital pieces of public health infrastructure.
published Jun 1, 2011
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently began studying the ways
in which bicycling, for transportation and in combination with transit, can reduce automobile use and lower
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The first of these focused studies concentrated on the Metro Orange
Line and parallel bicycle path. This Bicycle Rail Trip Analysis and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study
looks more broadly at bicycle trips to and from Metro Rail. The purpose of this study is to establish the
benefits of providing an integrated transportation system where bicyclists are accommodated at train
stations and on trains.
published Jan 30, 2018
USDA Forest Service
This report summarizes some of the most prominent research related to nature and public health to help urban natural resource professionals, urban planners, architects, educators, health professionals, and community groups effectively communicate the health benefits of urban nature to their constituents.
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