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The Trail Town Program® is an initiative of The Progress Fund working in small rural towns across western Pennsylvania and western Maryland
In 2015, the Trail Town Program® conducted a general trail user survey online to collect data from trail users across the United States. Trail construction has been increasing across the United States. With millions of users utilizing these trails, they have the potential to generate significant economic impact in communities and cities that they run through.
The purpose of this survey is to determine what trail users are looking for based on information and feedback related to usage. Trail Town Program® has previously conducted surveys along the Great Allegheny Passage which has provided comparable data for this report. This survey was conducted online only, receiving responses from 804 users across the United States.
Respondents of this survey represented 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Published February 2016
Evaluating Effectiveness of Visitor Use Management
This synthesis is intended to establish a baseline of the current state of knowledge and practice and to serve as a guide for trail managers and researchers.
This study offers direction for future studies on mountain bike riding, including: characteristics of mountain bike riders and their use patterns, identification of resource degradation problems, identification and resolution of conflict issues, wilderness trespass issues, partnership issues, communication issues, and testing of management strategies related to mountain bike use.
This guidebook can be used to assist in successfully planning, designing, and constructing mountain bike trail systems, while keeping in mind that user issues must be addressed at every stage of development.