Case Studies in Harnessing, Using, and Sharing Digital Trail Data
The ongoing challenge of sharing data in a compatible format.
Presenters: Andrew Schwartz, Managing Principal, Environmental Planning and Design; Ryan Branciforte, CEO, Trailhead Labs; Mike Wetter, Executive Director, The Intertwine Alliance
Trail data is useful to many people, organizations, and government agencies, but sharing the data in a compatible format is an ongoing challenge. OpenTrails is an open data format for park and recreation information that helps government agencies create high-quality interactive maps, combine their data with other agencies, and publish well-documented open data to web and application developers. A new regional interactive application in the Portland region that is taking advantage of OpenTrails, called GoToTrails.com, will be highlighted.
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.