Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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published Feb 1, 2008
Federal Highway Administration
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.
published Jun 1, 2011
This document addresses the applicability of bicycle tourism in rural areas.
published Jan 1, 2010
Parks and Trails New York
A Guide for Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities
published Oct 1, 2007
Findings indicate that the placement of trails in areas where people can access them increases community physical activity levels.
published Apr 1, 2006
Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.
published Jan 1, 1999
This casebook presents data and examples that can help leaders and concerned citizens make the economic case for parks and open space conservation.
published Jan 1, 2011
American Trails Staff
One major benefit of trail tourism is that it is money spent in rural towns and in more economically disadvantaged areas.
published Oct 12, 2004
This paper describes ways to evaluate the value of walking (the activity) and walkability (the quality of walking conditions, including safety, comfort and convenience).
published Jul 1, 2018
Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University
Opportunities for synergy between state offices of outdoor recreation and federal land-management agencies, the outdoor recreation industry, non-governmental organizations, and local outdoor recreation providers
published Oct 1, 2019
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
A Literature Review Prepared By Sara Perrins and Dr. Gregory Bratman of the University of Washington for the Recreation and Conservation Office.
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Oregon housing development along the Willamette River Greenway in Portland, Oregon
Homes are essentially right on the trail near downtown Portland, Oregon
The trail zigzags through development with both cyclists and walkers using the route near downtown Portland, Oregon
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