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Trails for the Twenty-First Century: Planning, Design, and Management Manual for Multi-Use Trails
by Charles Flink, Kristine Olka, Robert Searns and Robert Rails to Trails Conservancy
foreword by David Burwell
Island Press, 2001
Paper: 978-1-55963-819-7 | eISBN: 978-1-59726-346-7
Library of Congress Classification GV191.4.T73 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.50973


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.

  • discussions of recent regulations and federal programs, including ADA and TEA-21

  • recently revised design standards from AASHTO

  • current research on topics ranging from trail surfacing to conflict resolution

  • information about designing and building trails in brownfields and other

  • environmentally troubled landscapes

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.

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