A Triple Bottom Line Success
Repurposing historic, abandoned, and urban railroad corridors provides a triple bottom-line success story.
Presenters: Kevin W. Burke, Senior Landscape Architect, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.; Valdis Zusmanis, Senior Landscape Architect, Perkins+Will, Inc.
Repurposing historic, abandoned, and urban railroad corridors provides a triple bottom-line success story. Cleaning up contamination from decades of railroad use in order to construct a multi-use trail as part of the $4.8 billion Atlanta BeltLine is the first step of a fundamental change to the city’s urban core. The use of this inaugural section of the trail has created increased social interaction among users, provided the epitome of a Safe Route to School, enhanced healthy outcomes, and increased business for adjacent businesses.
On average, the majority of survey respondents disapprove of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This remains true across the board for each of the major user groups; however, mountain bike rider respondents are less likely to disapprove of allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails and equestrian respondents are more likely to disapprove.
On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.
With this document, the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative takes the approach used in roadbuilding and applies it to creating a countywide network of greenways.
Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by COVID-19 and recent acts of police brutality call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment.