Less is More
Learn the step-by-step process for a full mechanical road-to-trail conversion from planning and outreach to design, construction, and working with volunteers.
Presenters: Suzanne Wilson, Trails Coordinator; Sean Dougan, Senior Planner; Jim Townsend, Trails Development Manager; Julie Bondurant, Senior Park Planner; East Bay Regional Park District, California
Many trail-user groups want more narrow, natural surface, multi-use trails. Road-to-trail conversions are one of many tools land managers and trail designers can use to meet this objective, simultaneously with watershed restoration, habitat enhancement, and mitigation of environmental impacts.
posted Sep 26, 2023
Adults living within a half mile of a park visit parks and exercise more often, but according to the 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, less than 38 percent of the U.S. population lives within a half mile of a park.
posted Feb 14, 2022
The purpose of the Highway-Rail Crossing Handbook, 3rd Edition is an information resource developed to provide a unified reference document on prevalent and best practices as well as adopted standards relative to highway-rail grade crossings.
posted Nov 13, 2020
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.
posted Aug 6, 2020
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.