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published Jul 2006

Evaluation of Safety, Design, and Operation of Shared-Use Paths (Final Report)

by Federal Highway Administration

Shared paths are paved, off-road facilities designed for travel by a variety of nonmotorized users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, joggers, and others. Shared-path planners and designers face a serious challenge in determining how wide paths should be and whether the various modes of travel should be separated from each other.


published Oct 2009

FAQ: Building trails near ports

by American Trails Staff

Examples of combined recreational and industrial uses on east and west coast port properties.


published Feb 2012

FAQ: Constructing a 10' bike trail without having to relocate power poles

by American Trails Staff

What can you do when a proposed bike trail encounters obstacles such as power poles.


published May 2018

FAQ: Do you have any advice for developing a community nature trail?

by American Trails Staff

An ideal nature trail blends the beauty of the landscape with interpretive signage to offer an inspirational and educational resource to a community.


published May 2011

FAQ: Examples of trail development ordinances

by American Trails Staff

A few resources on public access to private land. Always check with your local planning department for zoning requirements.


published May 2011

FAQ: Examples of trail development ordinances

by American Trails Staff

A few resources on public access to private land. Always check with your local planning department for zoning requirements.



published Feb 2017

FAQ: Model Grant of Conservation Easement and Declaration of Covenants 7th Edition

by Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

This article provides users with a state-of-the-art legal document and guidance to customize it to nearly any situation. No conservation easement document has benefited from more real-world testing, user scrutiny, and cycles of peer review.


published Jan 2021

FAQ: What is the definition of a trail?

by American Trails Staff

Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.


published Aug 2018

Federal Highway Administration Training Programs

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), part of the US Department of Transportation, provides expertise, resources, and information to improve the nation's highway system and its intermodal connections. The Federal-Aid Highway Program provides financial assistance to the States to construct and improve the National Highway System, other roads, bridges, and trails.


posted Jul 3, 2022

Federal Transportation Funds for Trails (2015)

by Christopher Douwes with Federal Highway Administration

Attendees will learn how to apply for Federal-aid funds and learn what works and what doesn’t.


posted Jul 3, 2022

Federal Transportation Funds for Trails (2017)

by Christopher Douwes with Federal Highway Administration, Laura Toole with Federal Highway Administration, D’Juan Hammonds with Ohio Department of Natural Resources

This session describes Federal surface transportation programs that fund trail projects for transportation and recreation.