Trails have many benefits of health and economic basis. Here are studies and articles on the benefits of trails.


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posted Aug 20, 2018

Elevating Outdoor Recreation Together

by Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University

Opportunities for synergy between state offices of outdoor recreation and federal land-management agencies, the outdoor recreation industry, non-governmental organizations, and local outdoor recreation providers

  tags: recreation, tourism

posted Jul 13, 2018

National Park Service Active Transportation Guidebook

by National Park Service

This resource aims to support parks, gateway communities, and partners who are interested in pursuing opportunities to enhance walking and bicycling to and within national parks. The Guidebook provides key information, best practice examples, and numerous useful resources to help inspire and guide efforts that would allow visitors to experience their natural, cultural and historical places in new ways - through active transportation.

  tags: active transportation, walking, bicycle

posted Jun 29, 2018

Piqua Ohio Placemaking Initiative

by City of Piqua

The aim of this project is to redesign downtown public spaces to celebrate and enhance the spatial relationships between destinations; to create public spaces that offer an inviting public realm that contributes positively to the surrounding built environment and promotes high quality of place and quality of life experiences.

  tags: urban, urban design

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

Tourism Benefits Encourage Closing Trail Links in Florida

by Herb Hiller with East Coast Greenway Alliance

East Coast Greenway Alliance helps drive Florida and Georgia trail planning and development.

  tags: tourism, greenway, railway

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 Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Our roads are in bad shape...why spend money on trails?

by American Trails Staff

There is a huge amount of evidence that trails add value to properties and bring in significant increases in tourism spending, that roads just do not have.

  tags: faq, urban, transportation

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 21, 2018

A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities

by Federal Highway Administration

This guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety. It includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian safety.

  tags: walking, livable communities, urban design

posted Aug 21, 2018

Walkable Edmonton Toolkit promotes a more active community

Here you’ll find a menu of advocacy ideas, design concepts and walkability tools, each with links to numerous other resources. You’ll discover interesting destinations and group efforts that make walking in Edmonton interesting and fun. You’ll learn about civic initiatives that may dovetail with your interests. You’ll read success stories that prove you and your community can make a difference.

  tags: walking, livable communities, pedestrian, urban design

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