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published Aug 1, 2016

Achieving Multimodal Networks

by Federal Highway Administration

This publication is intended to be a resource for practitioners seeking to build multimodal transportation networks.


published Oct 1, 2015

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Road Safety Assessments Summary Report

by Federal Highway Administration

Conducting a simple assessment can be an effective first step in beginning a conversation about how to improve walking and bicycling networks.


published Jan 1, 2012

A Vision of Greenways: Detroit's Greater Riverfront East District

The vision for a new network of greenways in the Greater Riverfront East District of Detroit emerged from the desire to use greenways to connect the diverse neighborhoods of the area to each other and to the city’s magnificent natural asset, the Detroit River.


published Apr 19, 2010

The Midtown Greenway and the Social Landscape of Minneapolis, MN

An examination of a new piece of infrastructure that represents an emerging urban form poised to potentially revitalize, reorganize and reshape American cities.


published Aug 1, 2009

Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Home Values in U.S. Cities

Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability in the typical metropolitan areas studied.


published Mar 17, 2007

25 Communities Begin Projects to Promote Active Living

The goal of Active Living by Design is to encourage changes in design, transportation and policies to cultivate and support active living.


published Nov 1, 2005

Green Threads in the Urban Fabric

by Stuart Macdonald

A comprehensive look at the elements of greenways and their benefits to communities.


published Nov 1, 2005

Maintenance Checklist for Greenways and Urban Trails

by Jed Wagner with Denver Parks and Recreation Department

Denver has 130 miles of paved trails, open 24 hours a day and maintained for year-round use. Snow removal begins at 5 a.m. after winter storms.


published Sep 1, 2005

Trails in New Developments: A Case Study

by Roger Bell

With the growing frugality of government funding for trails, private developers can be significant partners in developing public trail systems.


published Oct 12, 2004

Economic Value of Walkability

This paper describes ways to evaluate the value of walking (the activity) and walkability (the quality of walking conditions, including safety, comfort and convenience).


published May 19, 2003

The Benefits that Trails Provide to Communities

This planning effort directs the development of goals and action plans to meet the future needs in advance of their demand.


published Apr 8, 2003

How Cities Use Parks for Economic Development

Parks provide intrinsic environmental, aesthetic, and recreation benefits to our cities. Parks are also a source of positive economic benefits. Understanding the economic impacts of parks can help decision makers better evaluate the creation and maintenance of urban parks.