Why Trails Matter
Making the case for active transportation
We believe safe and accessible trails and bikeways build stronger, more vibrant communities. Everyone should feel safe in making the choice to walk or bike in Greater Cincinnati.
What’s a trail?
When we say trail, we're generally speaking about any designated path for pedestrians and bicyclists that takes us from one point to another. Trails can be paved or unpaved, in a park or along a roadway. If it’s a path you use to travel, exercise or enjoy time outdoors, it’s a trail! Sidewalks, on-road bike lanes and paddling routes are important connections in our trail network, too.
Why are trails important?
Trails are welcoming public spaces for everyone to get outside and be active. Here’s some of the benefits to building a connected trail and bikeway network for the tri-state region.
improve public health
attract and retain talent
promote environmental sustainability
connect recreation facilities
increase transportation equity
University of Cincinnati: 2011 Little Miami Scenic Trail Property Value Study
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Economic Impact of Trails and Greenways
Political Economy Research Institute: Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Rural Economic Development Toolkit
Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center: Costs for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center: Costs for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Maintenance Practices and Costs of Rail-Trails
Wilbur Smith Associates: Trail Surface Cost Estimates
Federal Highway Administration: Evaluation of Safety, Design, and Operation of Shared-Use Paths
Federal Highway Administration: Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects
Other Helpful Resources
- Resource Library
- Equitable and Inclusive Trails
- Promoting Equity in Trail Use and Programming
- Equitable Practices in Trail Planning
- Leveraging Data to Advance Equitable Planning and Development
- National Trail Count Program Dashboard
Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Mental Health Benefits of Trails
Health Benefits of Regular Cycling
Want to get involved?
We’re here to show you the many ways you can help us build a more connected Tri-State.