Analyzing Rail-Trail Best Practices to Inform the Development of the Palouse-Cascades Trail
This report focuses on the issues surrounding the proposed development of the Palouse to Cascades Rail-Trail.
This report has outlined some of the best practices regarding rail-trail development. Through the analysis of case studies, concerns, and benefits, and within the context of the Palouse to Cascades Trail, the following recommendations are presented in order to guide the development of the trail in a way that both capitalizes on the benefits of rail-trails while also satisfying the concerns of adjacent landowners.
Published February 01, 2020
This synthesis is intended to establish a baseline of the current state of knowledge and practice and to serve as a guide for trail managers and researchers.
This study offers direction for future studies on mountain bike riding, including: characteristics of mountain bike riders and their use patterns, identification of resource degradation problems, identification and resolution of conflict issues, wilderness trespass issues, partnership issues, communication issues, and testing of management strategies related to mountain bike use.
This guidebook can be used to assist in successfully planning, designing, and constructing mountain bike trail systems, while keeping in mind that user issues must be addressed at every stage of development.
This guidance has been created to help mountain bikers and land managers understand different perspectives on this issue, in the context of the Scottish access rights, and to suggest ways in which they can work together and try where possible to find solutions.