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 Apr 18, 2019

Economic Impact Analysis of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle Master Plan

Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs.


posted Mar 22, 2019

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.

  tags: nrt

posted Sep 12, 2018

Trails and Towns Together

Efforts to link “trail-to-town” have played a part in remaking communities. This webinar will include a case study of the first known “trail town” initiative - the Trail Town Program® along the Great Allegheny Passage.


posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

Bringing new life to communities along a 200-year-old industrial corridor.

  tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, shared-use, canal

posted May 30, 2018

Mountain Bicycling in Wisconsin Surveyed and Analyzed

Survey of mountain biking users from the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trail system located in northwestern Wisconsin.

  tags: sustainable trails, risk management, safety, cost

posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns: Creating Memorable Destinations for Trail Users

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

  tags: magazine, tourism, bicycle

posted Mar 14, 2018

The Business of Trails: A Compilation of Economic Benefits

by Terry Eastin with Mississippi River Trail, Inc.

An analysis of studies and research on the economic benefits of trails: tourism, events, healthcare savings, and community development.

  tags: tourism, healthcare

posted Mar 13, 2018

Bicyclists Bring Business

by Parks and Trails New York

A Guide for Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities

  tags: bicycle, multi-use, tourism

posted Mar 13, 2018

Trail Tourism: Promotion of the Katy Trail in Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 185-mile rails-to-trails conversion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas-Railroad (nick-named the KATY). The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was able to acquire the right-of-way after Congress passed the National Trails System Act allowing railroad corridors to be banked for future transportation use and used on an interim basis for recreational trails.

  tags: advertising, tourism, marketing

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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