Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.
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published Sep 20, 2018
Updated statistics from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($412 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016 (table 2). In data produced for the first time, using inflation-adjusted (real) GDP, the outdoor recreation economy grew 1.7 percent in 2016, faster than the 1.6 percent growth for the overall U.S. economy (table 6). In addition, real gross output, compensation, and employment all grew faster in outdoor recreation than in the overall economy in 2016.
published Feb 1, 2019
Iowa off-highway vehicle owners spent approximately $72.4 million in 2018 on in-state operating expenses and related personal expenses. Total Iowa asset purchase and operating/personal expenditures generated approximately 1,018 jobs in the Iowa economy paying an average of $42,850 annually. Off-highway vehicle owners spent about $28.9 million outside the state of Iowa in 2018. If that had been spent in-state, it would have generated $34.9 million in Iowa industrial output and 374 jobs paying annual incomes of $31,180 per job.
published Jan 1, 2019
Oregon State Parks
The plan addresses five important demographic and societal changes facing outdoor recreation providers in the coming years including:
1. An aging population;
2. An increasingly diverse population;
3. Lack of youth engagement in outdoor recreation;
4. An underserved low-income population; and
5. The health benefits of physical activity.
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 Dec 31, 2016
This plan provides a framework for the City of Appleton to help encourage continued transition of targeted redevelopment areas to new and productive uses.
published Apr 1, 2007
Trail utilization study.
published Apr 1, 2003
The purpose of this study was to provide an extensive description of the use of trails in South Carolina.
published Sep 16, 2015
Parks and Trails New York
A summary of the study from a 2015 workshop.
published Jul 1, 2014
An assessment and user profile of New York's longest multi-use trail
published Dec 31, 2001
The purpose of this study is to determine if single-family sites that border upon a greenway are influenced economically by their proximity to the greenway.
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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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