Benefits of Trails

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 14, 2018

Evidence of Many Varieties of Economic Benefits Linked to Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Trails and greenways impact our economy through Tourism, Events, Urban redevelopment, Community improvement, Property values, Health care costs, Jobs and investment, and General consumer spending.

  tags: magazine, tourism

posted Mar 13, 2018

Cedar Valley Trails Named 2012 Outstanding Tourist Attraction

This popular trail system is one of several projects recognized for excellence in the tourism industry at the recent Iowa Tourism Conference.

  tags: tourism, bicycle, marketing, partnerships

posted Mar 13, 2018

O. L. "Leff" Moore and the Development of the Innovative Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area

O. L. “Leff” Moore was the “father” of the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area, the most innovative motorized trail system in the eastern United States. Leff was the recipient of the 2008 Hulet Hornbeck Award at the 19th International Trails Symposium.

  tags: ohv, economic, tourism

posted Mar 13, 2018

Life Adjacent to a Rail Trail

by Craig Della Penna

A trail advocate's bed & breakfast offers trail opponents a chance to spend the night next to a trail.

  tags: active transportation, tourism

posted Mar 13, 2018

Home Sales Near Two Massachusetts Rail Trails

by 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.

  tags: active transportation


posted Mar 13, 2018

How Methow Valley Grew an Economy

While developers and government officials spent two decades and millions of dollars trying to turn this valley into a destination downhill ski resort, residents quietly built and maintained a world-class cross-country skiing area.

  tags: active transportation

posted Mar 13, 2018

Study of Nearby Businesses and Adjacent Residential Landowners to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

The main purpose of studying nearby businesses and adjacent residential landowners was to better understand the level of support for the extension of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail prior to its construction.

  tags: active transportation

posted Mar 13, 2018

What's a Trail Really Worth

Economic impact extends not only to the actual trail user but to businesses that derive an income from users of the trail.

  tags: active transportation, economic

posted Mar 13, 2018

Valuing Bicycling’s Economic and Health Impacts in Wisconsin

The results of this study demonstrate that bicycling has the potential to contribute substantially to the health and economic well being of Wisconsin citizens.

  tags: tourism, bicycle, policy, health

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