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Trails for the Twenty-First Century: Planning, Design, and Management Manual for Multi Use Trailsby Charles A. Flink
Synopses & Reviews
Communities across the country are working to convert unused railway and canal corridors into trails for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders, and others, serving the needs of both recreationists and commuters alike. These multi-use trails can play a key role in improving livability, as they offer an innovative means of addressing sprawl, revitalizing urban areas, and reusing degraded lands.
Trails for the Twenty-First Century is a step-by-step guide to all aspects of the planning, design, and management of multi-use trails. Originally published in 1993, this completely revised and updated edition offers a wealth of new information including.
Also included is a new introduction that describes the importance of rail-trails to the sustainable communities movement, and an expanded discussion of maintenance costs. Enhanced with a wealth of illustrations, Trails for the Twenty-First Century provides detailed guidance on topics such as: taking a physical inventory and assessment of a site; involving the public and meeting the needs of adjacent landowners; understanding and complying with existing legislation; designing, managing, and promoting a trail; and where to go for more information. It is the only comprehensive guidebook available for planners, landscape architects, local officials, and community activists interested in creating a multi-use trail.
Book News Annotation:
No date is mentioned for the first edition, but by 1999 it had sold out, and the authors—landscape planners and architects—took the opportunity to update the guide. They describe the entire process of creating a trail from start to finish, and managing it for the future. Among the changes are new regulations and designing for users of all types and people of abilities.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Charles A. Flink is president of Greenways, Inc. in Cary, North Carolina and an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University.
Kristine Olka is a planner with Greenways, Inc.
Robert M. Searns, AICP, is with Urban Edges, a consulting firm specializing in trail and greenway design based in Littleton, Colorado.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, based in Washington, D.C., is a national nonprofit membership organization that seeks to facilitate the conversion of abandoned rail corridors and connect open space into a nationwide network of public trails.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments and Sponsors
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Your Trail and the Community
Site Considerations: Inventory and Assessment
Chapter 2: Planning and Public Involvement
Comprehensive Trail Planning
Developing a Plan: In-House Staff or Outside
Chapter 3: Designing Your Trail
Meeting the Needs of Different Users
Sub-grade, Sub-base, and Trail Surface
Designing Trails in Challenging Areas
Bridges and Railings for Multi-Use Trails
Signs for Multi-Use Trails
Trail Support Facilities
Wildlife and Multi-Use Trails
Understanding the History of Your Trail
Making Your Trail Unique
Chapter 4: Building Your Trail
Creating an Implementation Plan
Strategies to Acquire Land
Compliance with Legislation and Permitting
Funding Sources for Trail Development
Successful Implementation: Public-Private
Chapter 5: Managing and Maintaining Your
Who Should Manage Your Multi-Use Trail?
Trail Management for User Safety
Maintaining Good Relations with Adjacent
Landowners, Residents, and Businesses
Developing a Fee Structure
Joint Ventures within Your Multi-Use Trail
Protect Your Trail in the Face of Change
Developing a Comprehensive Budget and
Chapter 6: Maximizing Your Trail's
Promoting and Marketing Your Trail
Working with the Media
Using a Web Site to Market Your Trail
Keeping Your Trail a Dynamic Entity
12. Tourism Agencies Promoting Trails
13. Creating and Making the Most of a Friends of the Trails
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