Connecting Communities to Trails
Benefits of connecting communities with parks and public lands.
Presenter: Jessica Baas, Community Planner U.S.DOT Volpe Center; Krista Sherwood, Transportation Planner National Park Service; Saara Snow, Travel Initiatives Coordinator Adventure Cycling
Connecting communities with their parks and public lands by trails and other active transportation/recreation (biking and walking) initiatives provides a multitude of benefits. Learn best practices, case studies, and resources to increase active transportation connectivity between communities, national parks and tourist destinations, to be featured in a new Active Transportation “how-to” guidebook.
This 5.6 mile section of the Niobrara River offers visitors a unique scenic recreational floating experience. The river cuts a deep canyon in the limestone rocks that underlie Nebraska’s famed Sand Hills.
Best practices for either establishing a new bike optimized off-road trail system or better managing your current network.
Updated statistics from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($412 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016 (table 2). In data produced for the first time, using inflation-adjusted (real) GDP, the outdoor recreation economy grew 1.7 percent in 2016, faster than the 1.6 percent growth for the overall U.S. economy (table 6). In addition, real gross output, compensation, and employment all grew faster in outdoor recreation than in the overall economy in 2016.
Ron was an avid snowmobiler and ATV rider who worked for the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Ron was a leader who knew that the State Trails Program exists only because of Wyoming’s snowmobile and ORV riders who fund it.
Nancy Desmond of Cleveland Metroparks, tells us how trails have made a difference in her life and career.