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published Mar 25, 2011

FAQ: How to measure the strength and growth of a trail network

by American Trails Staff

Measuring the benefits and economic development of trails.


published Sep 1, 2010

Every Mile Counts: Economic Analysis of 2008 New York Trail User Surveys

Surveys were undertaken on eight shared-use trails to see who uses these trails, how far they travel to a trail, and what they spend and on what items.


published Apr 1, 2006

Crime, Property Values, Trail Opposition & Liability Issues

Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.


published Dec 9, 2004

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail: An Assessment of User Demographics, Preferences, and Economics

The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) is a 45-mile long transportation and recreation corridor running from Arlington, Virginia, west to Purcellville.


published Oct 1, 2001

Nebraska Rural Trails: Three Studies of Trail Impact

Documenting the impact of Nebraska’s developing trail system, using surveys to learn more about usage patterns, public safety, property values, and community quality of life along three rural rail-trails.


published Sep 1, 2000

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

​Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?


published Feb 28, 2000

Omaha Recreational Trails: Their Effect on Property Values and Public Safety

Despite increased promotion of trails for health and recreation, critics of new trail development continue to raise questions about the suitability of trails in neighborhoods. Concerns often focus on the impact of trails on property values and public safety in different types of neighborhoods.


published Nov 1, 1998

Mohawk-Hudson Trail Analysis of Use, Regional Benefits, and Economic Impact

The primary purpose of this report is to heighten awareness of the regional, recreational, and economic asset and to bolster current efforts to extend and improve the facility.


published May 1, 1987

Evaluation of the Burke-Gilman Trail's Effect on Property Values and Crime

This study looks at property values and crime rates adjacent to the rail-trail.