Trail User Survey Workbook

RTC's guide to conducting a survey, including sample surveys and methods.

by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)



The purpose of this manual is to help you implement a trail user survey and determine

the economic impact that your trail has on your community. Let’s begin by looking at the steps involved in a survey project.

• Establish the goals of the project – what do you want to learn?

• Determine who you want to interview

• Choose a data collection methodology

• Create your questionnaire

• Collect the data – ask the questions

• Analyze the data

• Produce a report