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RTC's guide to conducting a survey, including sample surveys and methods.
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
Published January 2005
Evaluating Effectiveness of Visitor Use Management
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.