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Pennsylvania Studies

Pennsylvania Studies

By supporting an active lifestyle and alternative modes of transportation in Pennsylvania, multi-use trails can improve human health, minimize air pollution, stimulate positive economic investment, and connect communities to the natural environment.

Multiple studies have shown that greenways and water trails are not only some of the cheapest and best investments in active living and healthy lifestyles; they also provide the biggest "bang-for-the-buck" relative to other transportation investments. These benefits make the development of a statewide trail network a critically important infrastructure investment.

Below are a list of Pennsylvania studies that confirms the above public benefits. These reports indicate that trails make our communities more liveable; improve the economy through tourism and civic improvement; preserve and restore open space; and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.

2002 Benefits of Greenways: A Pennsylvania Study

2009 Great Allegheny Passage Economic Study

2012 Pennsylvania Recreational Water Trails Economic Impact Study

2014 Three Rivers Heritage Trail Economic Impact Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I thought of that [Theory of Relativity] while riding my bicycle.    
—Albert Einstein
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
—Charles M. Schulz
The world lies right beyond the handlebars of any bicycle. 
—Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles; The Memoirs of an Autophobe, 1973
Bicycle facility planning is commonly thought of as the effort undertaken to develop a separate bikeway system composed completely of bicycle paths and lanes all interconnected and spaced closely enough to satisfy all the travel needs of bicyclists. In fact, such systems can be unnecessarily expensive and do not provide for the vast majority of bicycle travel. Existing highways, often with relatively inexpensive improvements, must serve as the base system to provide for the travel needs of bicyclists. Bicycle paths and lanes can augment this existing system in scenic corridors or places where access is limited. Thus, bicycle transportation planning is more than planning for bikeways and is an effort that should consider many alternatives to provide for safe and efficient bicycle travel. 
—AASHTO, Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 1991
The establishment of a nationwide system of trails will be an accomplishment worthy of a place beside other major conservation programs... The fundamental objective of a nationwide system of trails is to provide simple, inexpensive recreation opportunities for all people by having an abundance of trails for walking, cycling, and horseback riding near home, as well as providing some major historic and scenic interstate trails of national significance.    
—Stewart Lee Udall, Secretary of the Interior
Rivers, lakes, and other waterways are the lifeblood of our communities, connecting us to our environment, our culture, our economy, and our way of life. The new National Water Trails System will help fulfill President Obama’s vision for healthy and accessible rivers as we work to restore and conserve our nation’s treasured waterways.
—Kenneth Lee Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

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