Category Archives: Trail Design

Paddle Trails

In 1996, a group of grassroots leaders gathered to discuss what they could do to stimulate the economy for communities located along the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina. The group, which eventually became known as the 501(c)3 non-profit Roanoke River Partners (RRP), came up with a number of ideas, including developing an antique trail or a Civil War trail, promoting local products and creating a series of camping platforms. In the end, the group decided to focus on developing … Continue reading

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Urban Bike Case Study

The city of Long Beach, Calif., will be holding a mobility tour and case study of its bike program May 4. In 2007, the city committed itself to becoming the most bike-friendly urban city in the nation. Recent achievements include: • The introduction of bike sharrows • A bike boulevard (first in Southern California) • Bike corrals • A cycle track • Traffic calming strategies • A new central bike station • Dedicated class-one bike lanes downtown. The city has … Continue reading

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Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel

Ranging from large, multi-use trails that offer a wide variety of recreation and transportation uses to nature trails that create opportunities to enjoy the natural environments within a city, most people would agree that trails help contribute to the overall quality of life. As more cities embrace the popularity of trails and add to their inventory, officials end up dealing with some difficult issues regarding costs. Balancing the initial cost of development with long-term maintenance costs becomes increasingly important as … Continue reading

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Grinding Out A New Trail

It was hard not to notice them. Monstrous pieces of equipment grinding up granite ballast made an incredible racket this spring and summer, as they moved slowly over an obsolete railroad bed between curtains of trees, brush, homes, businesses and other buildings in Wayzata, Minn., past Lake Minnetonka and well into western Hennepin County. Residents and passers-by knew a big change was afoot–literally and figuratively. Completed in early November, Three Rivers Park District’s (TRPD) 13-mile, hard-surface trail is expected to … Continue reading

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