filed under: trails as transportation
Finding the Safety, Liability, and Mobility Sweet Spot
This presentations discusses unique opportunities for trail development along the right of way adjacent to railroad tracks.
Presenter: Jared Fijalkowski, Community Planner, U.S. DOT Volpe Center
Rails with Trails, as they are called, can link communities, provide opportunities for recreation, and improve access to rail transit. However, concerns about liability, safety, security, and trespassing are justifiably common. This session will introduce a U.S. DOT research effort aimed at learning more about the state of the practice of rails with trails.
The reemergence of earmarks in the infrastructure and appropriations process in Congress is creating huge opportunity for trail projects that are ready to go.
American Trails contributor Josh Adams recently interviewed Lawrence Simonson, who serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of the PedNet Coalition, to talk pedestrian safety, projects and obstacles, and making a difference in Missouri.
The 2016-2021 Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation builds on 25 years of progress toward increasing walking and biking safety and activity throughout the United States. The 1994 National Bicycling and Walking Study: Transportation Choices for Changing America set the stage for advancing safe, accessible, comfortable, and well-used pedestrian and bicycle transportation networks, with a focus on increasing trips and reducing injuries and fatalities.
This resource highlights ways that different communities have mapped their existing and proposed bicycle networks. It shows examples of maps at different scales, while also demonstrating a range of mapping strategies, techniques, and approaches. Facility types represented on the respective maps and legends are each different because they represent a community’s unique context and needs.