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published Apr 2014
This document provides guidelines to help managers make decisions in a sustainable manner for major trailheads all along the CDNST. Overall principles given here relate to all trailhead sites. However, they also include more detailed guidelines specific to the highly varied settings along the Continental Divide.
published Jun 2016
These guidelines offer direction and define goals to facilitate the design and development of a San Francisco Bay Trail system that is safe, connected and continuous; provides a positive user experience that encourages people to use the trail; and maximizes access to and use by the broadest spectrum of people possible.
published May 2018
Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
Maricopa County (AZ) has put together a comprehensive guide to best practices in trail planning, construction, and maintenance. The 99-page guide includes Planning Objectives for a variety of trail types, motorized as well as nonmotorized. Barrier-free trails are
also discussed, along with vegetation management, signs and wayfinding, and many more details of trail development and sustainable maintenance.
published Jan 2015
This guidebook benefits from a very clear presentation and covers many examples of urban trail situations. Specific design features for all types of trails and related facilities are included.
published Jun 2004
Parks and Trails New York
The 44-page guide covers the key topics: Getting organized, Going public, Trail planning, Integrating natural values and recreational use, and Landowner issues and concerns. This is a joint publication of Parks & Trails New York and Hudson River Valley Greenway to encourage successful trail projects at the local level.
published Feb 2015
The New Zealand Cycle Trail Design Guide draws on a wealth of trail design and construction techniques from New Zealand and around the world. The goal is to streamline the design process for building sustainable trails that meet the expectations of the target audience, and require minimum ongoing maintenance.
published Jan 2018
The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is an important part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson Valley. Since the trail is being developed along electrical utility lines, this plan incorporates design guidelines addressing safety and operational concerns.
published Nov 2017
Bureau of Land Management,
Chris Bernhardt with C2 Recreation Consulting
This handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.
published Sep 2007
Florida Department of Transportation
The growth in trails reflects many people’s enjoyment of physical separation from motorized traffic. Segregation allows trail users to avoid the pollution, noise, and intimidation they perceive from motor vehicles, and the potential for an injury producing crash.
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.
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Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
Routed and painted wood sign; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
Sign helps users find trail beyond point of interest; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
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