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.
These unique trails, partially funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants, promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature.
These Trail User Survey examples show how trails across the country are listening to their trail users to gather data for funding, maintenance, events, and more.
The Ford Motor Company will make a donation to American Trails via the Bronco Wild Fund to support on-the-ground trail projects across America.
Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.