Trails can help bring communities together and build trust as the trails are planned, created and used.
- Benefits of Greenways: A Pennsylvania Study, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Benefits of Effective Trail Planning, The National Road Heritage Trail
The economic benefits of greenways and trails to the surrounding region are numerous. Increased property values, tourist attraction to outdoor recreation facilities, enhanced ability to attract and retain business, and less costly cleanup of polluted water and air
- The Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design Active Living Research, Research Synthesis: May 2010
Establishment of greenways and trails can restore natural corridors within already densely populated regions and preserve them in areas soon to be developed. Substantial growth can be positive from an economic standpoint, but it places a very serious strain on the area’s natural resources such as water and air quality, open space and wildlife habitats. Greenways and trails provide corridors of natural areas within developed land, resulting in significant positive effects on the environmental health of the region.
- Case Study No. 15 The Environmental Benefits Of Bicycling And Walking, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
- The Benefits of Greenways, Greenways INC.
Greenways and trails not only encourage friends, families and communities to interact with each other and nature, but they also provide a venue for physical activities such as walking, jogging, running, in-line skating and biking. The associated physical and psychological health benefits of these activities are significant.
- How Land Use and Transportation Systems Impact Public Health: A Literature Review of the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Built Form1
- A Step in the Right Direction: The health benefits of hiking and trails, American Hiking Society
- Walking Health Benefits from Trails.com
- Better Park Design Can Prevent Crime by Joel McCormick, National Recreation and Park Association
- The Trails-Bring-Crime Myth, Wash Cycle, Washington D.C.
- Rail-Trails and Safe Communities. The Experience on 372 Trails, Rails to Trails Conservancy