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published Apr 20, 2021

San Jose Trails by the Numbers

by City of San Jose - Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

San Jose is developing a 100 mile trail network! View the handout!


published Jun 29, 2020

Sustainable Advantage

by Aaron Wilcher, Fran Doherty

An in-depth exploration of outdoor recreation in rural California.


published Jun 1, 2020

Merced River Trail Community Benefits Study

by Headwaters Economics

The purpose of this report is to describe the economic, quality of life, public health, and other benefits that Mariposa County and its residents are likely to enjoy from the Merced River Trail based on research and experiences of communities with similar projects.


published Mar 1, 2020

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

As a compliment to the Arizona State Parks 2020 Trails Plan, this study estimates the economic value of non-motorized and motorized trail use to Arizona residents using the travel cost method.


published Jan 1, 2020

Economic and Health Benefits of Walking, Hiking, and Bicycling on Recreational Trails in Washington State

by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.


published Dec 12, 2019

ldaho’s Billion Dollar Motorized Recreation Industry

by National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

ldaho’s motorized recreation industry is BIG business


published Nov 19, 2019

Small Business Owners Along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Say Trails are Vital to the Economy

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition surveyed 200 small business owners along the CDT and found that 86% say trails are vital to the economy of their communities.


published Oct 25, 2019

Florida’s Growing Trail Town Program

by Doug Alderson with Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

To recognize Florida’s trail towns, the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) developed the Florida Trail Town program in 2018, inspired by the successful trail town programs of states such as Pennsylvania and Kentucky.


published Sep 17, 2019

The Future of Trails: Volunteers

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry that is, in many ways, built on the backs of volunteers.


published Jul 24, 2019

Life Adjacent to a Rail Trail

by Craig Della Penna

A trail advocate's bed & breakfast offers trail opponents a chance to spend the night next to a trail.


published May 16, 2019

Economic Impacts of Mountain Biking and Bike Trail Events and Festivals in West Virginia

WVU Extension Service Working Paper on how mountain biking and mountain biking facilities can bring an array of benefits to rural communities.


published Apr 10, 2019

Economic Impact Analysis of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle Master Plan

Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs.