Evaluation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities : user satisfaction and perceptions on three shared use trails in Texas

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dc.contributor.author Shafer, C. Scott
dc.contributor.author Turner, Shawn
dc.contributor.author Texas Transportation Institute
dc.contributor.author Texas A & M University. Dept. of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
dc.contributor.author Southwest Region University Transportation Center (U.S.)
dc.contributor.author University Transportation Centers Program (U.S.)
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-14T23:56:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-14T23:56:39Z
dc.date.issued 1999-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/9996
dc.description 87 p. Illustrations, Maps en_US
dc.description.abstract This report describes research conducted to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian facilities (i.e., shared use trails) with user satisfaction and perception surveys. Public and community input on transportation projects is often mentioned as a necessary step in the planning process but seldom perfonned. The opinions and perceptions of facility users are immensely valuable in improving conditions at current trails as well as in the development and design of new trails. In this study, the research team developed on-site and mail-back survey instruments that were distributed on three shared use trails in Texas: the Brays and Buffalo Bayou Trails in Houston, and the Shoal Creek Trail in Austin. The responses to the surveys were analyzed to determine consistent themes and trends in user satisfaction and perceptions. The study found that several trail attributes contribute significantly to user satisfaction and higher levels of trail use. Adequate separation from motor vehicles was noted as a positive attribute that should be provided whenever possible on s~ed use trails. Trail surface quality and width was also noted as an important attribute, particularly in cases where numerous user types (e.g., bicyclists, joggers, walkers) were using the same trail. The study also revealed that many of the trail users felt that the shared use trails significantly contributed to hannonizing transportation and community goals. The survey responses indicated that the trails were used for a variety of purposes, including transportation, recreation, social interaction, and enjoyment of the natural environment. The researchers concluded that user surveys (such as those conducted in this study) are a valuable addition to other traditional transportation planning tools, and as such, can provide more and better insight into roadway and trail user behavior and motivation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Dept. of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University ; Texas Transportation Institute en_US
dc.subject Bicycle trails -- Texas -- Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Pedestrian areas -- Texas -- Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Cyclists -- Texas -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Pedestrians -- Texas -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development -- Texas en_US
dc.subject Multi-use trails en_US
dc.subject Multiple-use trails en_US
dc.title Evaluation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities : user satisfaction and perceptions on three shared use trails in Texas en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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