Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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posted Mar 13, 2018
To counteract the effects of sprawling development, many communities use trails and greenways to curb ill-planned growth and preserve ecologically important areas. The result is a higher quality of life, a healthier environment, and more livable communities.
This literature review discusses how urban form affects public health, specifically through the ways in which the built environment encourages or discourages physical activity levels.
The Ontario Trails Strategy is a long-term plan that establishes strategic directions for planning, managing, promoting and using trails in Ontario.
published Oct 1, 2001
Documenting the impact of Nebraska’s developing trail system, using surveys to learn more about usage patterns, public safety, property values, and community quality of life along three rural rail-trails.
published May 1, 1987
This study looks at property values and crime rates adjacent to the rail-trail.
published Apr 19, 2010
An examination of a new piece of infrastructure that represents an emerging urban form poised to potentially revitalize, reorganize and reshape American cities.
published Jan 1, 2000
A brief study of two successful rural trails, one utilizing an active irrigation canal alignment (Calgary to Chestermere Lake) and the other converted from an abandoned rail line (The Iron Horse Trail-Elk Point to Heinsburg).
Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.
Effective responses to arguments against trail development.
Craig Della Penna
The results show that houses near the trail sell for a higher proportion of the asking price and in about half the time that it took for houses in the general inventory.
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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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