Tools to help communities make the real case for increased investment in trails, biking, and walking infrastructure.
by Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development - Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Tracy Hadden Loh, Director of the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Presenters: Tracy Hadden Loh, Research Director; Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform is an initiative to improve communication, forecasting, and assessment tools to help communities make the real case for increased investment in trails, biking, and walking infrastructure. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has conducted community trail audits, trail user surveys, economic impact analyses and trail user counts on over 20 trails. Case studies illustrate how this information is used to build community support for not only the development of trail networks, but to increase usage of existing trails.
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