Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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published Jul 21, 2010
This study found that habitual off-road vehicle riders had physiological
characteristics that were equivalent, or slightly superior, to members of the general population on important fitness and health variables.
published Jan 1, 2008
The purpose was to examine 9 adult activity settings in 25 community parks to determine the most and least frequently used by gender, physical-activity (PA) intensity, and ethnicity.
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 Aug 30, 2012
Outdoor recreation spending in Western states equaled $255.6 billion – nearly 40% of the national total. This includes purchases of outdoor gear and vehicles as well as travel expenditures when enjoying the great Western outdoors.
published Jan 1, 2012
The vision for a new network of greenways in the Greater Riverfront East District of Detroit emerged from the desire to use greenways to connect the diverse neighborhoods of the area to each other and to the city’s magnificent natural asset, the Detroit River.
published Jul 14, 2016
National Recreation and Park Association
A national study on Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation.
published Jan 1, 2010
Growing evidence from across America documents the beneficial effects of walking and biking. A study on active transportation.
published Aug 1, 2015
River Management Society
This report is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails have provided for cities and towns in the US.
published Apr 1, 2007
Trail utilization study.
published Jan 1, 2019
In 2017, BDR routes generated $17.3 million in new tourism expenditures, with the average traveling party spending $3,769 on their BDR trip.
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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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