LINKS TO RELATED RESOURCES & STUDIES
Trails Research Searchable Benefits Library. Headwaters Economics compiled 120 studies on the impacts of trails in a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region. Findings include:
- "Trails can generate business impacts and create new jobs by attracting visitors, especially overnight visitors.
- Local trail users often use community trails multiple times per week, and trails are a valuable part of residents’ quality of life.
- Trails are often associated with higher property value, especially when a trail is designed to provide neighborhood access and maintain residents’ privacy.
- Trails are associated with increased physical activity and improved public health, especially in rural places without other safe places to exercise."
Bicycling Means Business: The Economic Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure by Advocacy Advance. The infographic below supplements the report, with a map of the economic benefits of bicycling around the country.
Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Home Values in U.S. Cities by CEOs for Cities. This study looked at data for more than 90,000 home sales in 15 different markets around the nation. It showed a positive correlation between walkability and housing prices in 13 of the 15 housing markets studied. Houses with the above average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability in the typical metropolitan areas studied.
WalkBikeNC: The North Carolina Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Includes information about the many benefits of walking and bicycling related to mobility, safety, health, economy and environment.