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Jul 21, 2020

Advancing Trails Through Maps, Apps, and Analysis Tools

This webinar will introduce participants to new tools and technologies being used to advance trail projects around the country.


published Mar 2018

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s Sustainable Trails Program

Colorado’s iconic “Fourteeners,” the 54 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation, draw an estimated 500,000 hiker use days annually from state residents and out-of-state tourists.


published Jul 2019

Connecting 10 million People to the Outdoors in Los Angeles County

by Ryan Branciforte with OuterSpatial, Zachary T. Likins with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department, Michelle O'Connor with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department, Sheela Kleinknecht, Dora Nuñez

The story behind the development of LA Counties world-class trails mobile app and website covering 600+ parks, over 550 linear miles of trails, hundreds of points of interest.


published Jul 2015

E-bikes in the Mainstream

Several themes emerged from this review of the e-bike literature. E-bike use has grown dramatically over the past decade and there is little evidence to suggest this growth will slow in the coming decade.


Nov 9, 2017

Electric Bicycles

This webinar explores E-bikes transportation and recreation options on public lands.


published Jan 2016

Environmental Impacts from Mtn Bicycles, Electric Mtn Bicycles, & Motorcycles

by International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

The emergence of electric bicycles, commonly known as e-bikes, is a rapidly growing component of the bicycle market in the US. As a transportation option, they represent an opportunity to reduce vehicle use and emissions, as well as the physical barriers to cycling. For use on trails, they present similar opportunities to reduce barriers to cycling but, as a new use, present new challenges for trail management.


published Dec 2013

Experiences of electric bicycle users in the Sacramento, California area

The study asked e-bike users in the greater Sacramento area about the reasons why they chose to invest in an e-bike, the ways in which they use their e-bikes, positive and negative aspects of using e-bikes, and reactions from friends and family members.


published Jul 2018

FAQ: Should golf carts be allowed on paved trails in a small community?

by American Trails Staff

Ultimately, this can be an accessibility issue if you want to deal with that.


Jan 23, 2020

From Trail Maps to Trail Apps – Connecting with Visitors via Mobile Devices

Millions of trail users are actively using mobile devices every day, but most public agencies and nonprofit partners are not leveraging this important communication channel.


Sep 17, 2020

Making Connections: The National Digital Trails Network Project

The US Geological Survey and DOI are advancing the vision to provide better access to public lands and improve connectivity on the nation’s public trail systems with the National Digital Trails Network (NDT) project. Join us for an overview of the project and a demonstration of the Trail Routing, Analysis, and Information Linkage System (TRAILS) tool.


published Jan 2019

Mountain Biker Attitudes and Perceptions of eMTBs (electric‐mountain bikes)

This study found that were many misconceptions about what constitutes an eMTB. These misconceptions seem to foster fears and concerns about trail conflict, access, and the morality of individuals using eMTBs.


published Mar 2019

Pedal-Assist Mountain Bikes: A Pilot Study Comparison of the Exercise Response, Perceptions, and Beliefs of Experienced Mountain Bikers

This study aimed to compare conventional mountain bike and eMTB use. This was done by investigating 2 questions: (1) What proportion of exercise response is retained for an experienced mountain biker while using an eMTB when compared with a conventional mountain bike? and (2) What are the perceptions and beliefs of experienced mountain bikers toward eMTBs both before and after riding an eMTB?