7.6 Trail Layout

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ImageA connected trail systems offers a more pleasant, safe, and continuous recreational experience than unconnected trails. Design trails to provide safe passage across potential barriers such as roads (e.g., through trail bridges and underpasses). Abandoned railroad lines may be converted to trails, often serving as an important regional trail in an area.

Regional trails are often developed as the backbone of a trail system of which local trails can connect. In urbanized areas, a local development strategy for trails may be a more useful approach than a regional strategy. Local trails can more consistently meet users´┐Ż everyday needs for recreation, commuting, and access to nature (see diagram).

The nodes represent origin-destination points such as parks and places of work. In the regional strategy, regional trails are built first and then secondary connections are made. In the local strategy, a series of local trails are developed first to provide more options for pedestrian use.

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