filed under: economics of trails
The 24-mile Three Rivers Heritage Trail extends along the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers in one of America's most storied cities, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
During 2014, RTC conducted a study of the users of the trail. This study utilized a survey methodology previously tested on Pennsylvania trails and documented in RTC's Trail User Survey Workbook. This survey was designed to monitor trail user characteristics and economic impact.
An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters located along the trail and the completed surveys received from users indicates and estimated 622,873 annual user visits, resulting in a total economic impact in 2014 of $8,286,026.
Published February 01, 2015
This study builds on previous NRPA research on the economic importance of local park and recreation agencies by exploring the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development.
This 1997 paper estimates the value of a relatively new form of recreation: mountain biking. Its popularity has resulted in many documented conflicts, and its value must be estimated so an informed decision regarding trail allocation can be made. A travel cost model (TCM) is used to estimate the economic benefits, measured by consumer surplus, to the users of mountain bike trails near Moab, Utah.
Oakridge provides but one example of a rural community experiencing economic and social decline.
This study identifies the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Iowa.