Trail Planning and Design

  • Bikability Checklist: The Bikeability Checklist can help you find the answer. Inside you’ll find insightful questions, allowing you to evaluate your neighborhood’s bikeability. In addition to the questions, the Checklist provides both immediate answers and long-term solutions to your neighborhood’s potential problems.
  • Blue Trails GuideThe Blue Trails Guide is a comprehensive web site that covers planning, building, managing, and promoting water trails. It also includes information on safety issues and case studies, as well as a list of additional resources.
  • Chesapeake Water Trails: A VisionThe vision for Chesapeake water trails, articulated by knowledgeable and experienced water trail advocates in combination with the Framework formulated by Chesapeake Bay Program Partners, will establish a blueprint for the emerging network of water trails.
  • Design Essentials for Active Communities: Active living environments are places where all people are able and inspired to use their feet to get them places. They are places where people of all ages, incomes and abilities can walk and bike-both for recreation and for transportation.
  • Michigan Water Trails Manual: Water trails are an emerging new venue for trails in Michigan. This manual provides an overview of how to go about establishing and managing water trails.
  • MUTCD: Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities: Chapter 9 from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) covers traffic control for bicycling facilities, including signage, pavement markings, and more.
  • San Jose Trail Network Toolkit: This urban trail toolkit is a contemporary guide to developing and managing urban trails. It is a wonderful resource for those trail managers who are seeking to plan a new urban trail or revitalize or rejuvenate an existing urban trail.
  • Water Trail Toolbox: Provided are the step-by-step guidelines-the ABCs of planning, building, and managing a water trail. Each of the three sections has a brief opening page and a list of links that examine the subjects in greater detail. The additional resources include supporting background information.
  • Working with Trail Opponents: You can take various approaches when working with people who may oppose your rail-trail project In general, you should always stress the benefits of rail-trails and keep adjacent landowners involved in the process. Here are 10 techniques you may find helpful.