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posted Apr 4, 2019

Trail Bridge Design and Construction

by California State Parks, Statewide Trails Section

A trail bridge is a structure along a trail that spans over a waterway, precipitous slope, or other unstable ground that cannot support trail construction. Typically, a trail bridge is longer than a single span puncheon or boardwalk. If the height from the deck of the bridge to the ground or watercourse channel below is 48 inches or more, railings are required for safety. In addition to horizontal railings, a mid-rail or diagonal mid-rail is also necessary for edge protection.


posted Apr 3, 2019

CRT's Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards 2019 - Call for Nominations

by American Trails Staff

Nominations for the 2019 Coalition for Recreational Trails Achievement Awards are due May 1, 2019.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Bikeway selection guide

The Bikeway Selection Guide from the Federal Highway Administration will help planners make informed decisions about the selection of bike-way types. This guide emphasizes engineering judgment, design flexibility, documentation, and experimentation.


posted Mar 27, 2019

State of Victoria’s Guidelines for trail planning, design and management

The State of Victoria’s Guidelines for Trail Planning, Design and Management aims at “development of exceptional trail experiences. A useful feature is a trail planning and design checklist. The book also covers management models, marketing and brand- ing, community and stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and review.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Adopter Handbook for North County Trail

by North Country Trail Association

The North Country National Scenic Trail facilitates trail maintenance through a system of Trail Adopters who take responsibility for sections of trail. The NCTA Adopter Handbook notes that “A good trail experience is what gains support for the trail and ultimately increases membership.” The Handbook details standards for signs, blazes, tread, bridges, and campsites.


posted Mar 26, 2019

Business as “Un-usual”

by The Intertwine Alliance

A Portland Vision for Fostering Health and Nature in our Increasingly Urban World


posted Mar 25, 2019

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The city of Lebanon, Ohio took an innovative approach to re-purposing an old city owned landfill property, turning it into a bike park which is both enjoyed by the local community, and serves as a tourist attraction to those outside the area.


posted Mar 22, 2019

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.


posted Mar 21, 2019

FAQ: Tips and Techniques for using Crusher fines surfacing for trails

by American Trails Staff

Finely crushed rock (crusher fines) is a useful alternative to paving trails that accommodates most trail activities.


posted Mar 14, 2019

Atlanta Beltline 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan

The Atlanta BeltLine is one of America’s most ambitious urban transportation and redevelopment programs and is at its core a testament to public, private and community partnership.


posted Mar 7, 2019

The Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation: Technical Report on Methods and Findings

This study is an update and expansion of an earlier study of active outdoor recreation produced in 2006 by the Outdoor Industry Association. The 2006 study focused solely on human-powered (i.e. non-motorized) activities. While this study includes the same human-powered activities as the earlier work, an additional survey was conducted to gauge the economic contributions of outdoor recreation.


posted Mar 7, 2019

A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation spending in Western states equaled $255.6 billion – nearly 40% of the national total. This includes purchases of outdoor gear and vehicles as well as travel expenditures when enjoying the great Western outdoors.