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published Mar 1, 2013
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation Parks Division
This document is a best practices manual intended to give guidance and direction on minimizing risk and liability for persons with an interest in operating and maintaining trails. Specifically, it seeks to help trail operators, managers and owners, mitigate risk and reduce liability, that can arise from trail design, trail use and maintenance operations. The techniques discussed here are intended to be applied with prudence and due consideration of the particular circumstances of each trail.
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 Aug 1, 2011
Bicycling has exploded around California as people rediscover this enjoyable, healthy, convenient, environmentally friendly and inexpensive way to get around. Many communities are working to create bicycle networks to encourage further increases in bicycling and attract new riders, especially in urban areas. Toward that end, some cities — drawing from successful international models — have experimented with a variety of innovative bicycle facilities not even imagined a decade ago.
published Sep 6, 2019
Transportation in communities across America is changing with the advent of many small and light personal mobility options, which typically run on electric motors, such as electric-assist bicycles (e-bikes), e-scooters (scooters) and hoverboards. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) offers this perspective to assist communities, trail managers and policy makers in making decisions about how best to manage these devices on nonmotorized multiuse trails.
published Oct 1, 2015
Federal Highway Administration
Conducting a simple assessment can be an effective first step in beginning a conversation about how to improve walking and bicycling networks.
published Oct 31, 2017
This document reviews notable practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets. It focuses on streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles are intended to mix in the same space.
published Nov 7, 2019
American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.
published Feb 20, 2019
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
The state of Utah has used innovative programming to keep their citizens safe from avalanche dangers. Although they cannot completely prevent avalanches from occurring, they are educating the public through the Utah Avalanche Center about ways to avoid triggering an avalanche, and how to stay safe should one occur.
published Sep 1, 2007
Parks and Trails New York
The time has come to learn more about the needs and behaviors of motorists and trail users
and ensure that design guidelines and laws and policies governing road and trail
intersections fully provide for the safety of this increasingly prevalent type of traffic
junction. The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of practice of the design
and management of intersections between trails and roadways, gather feedback on road and
trail intersection crashes and complaints, raise public awareness of the issue of road and
trail intersection safety, and offer policy and design recommendations that will improve the
safety of road and trail intersections.
published Feb 1, 2008
This guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety. It includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian safety.
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