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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-122
Date: July 2006
Lesson 19: Greenways and Shared–Use Paths
- Introduction to shared–use paths.
- Users of shared– use paths.
- Path types and planning issues.
- Shared–use path design.
Introduction to Shared–Use Paths
- Importance of shared–use paths as a component of the nonmotorized transportation system.
- AASHTO definition of a shared–use path.
- Literature review.
Users of Shared–Use Paths
– Different equipment types.
– Persons with disabilities.
- Skaters and others.
- User conflict.
Path Types and Planning Issues
- Greenway trails.
- Paths adjacent to roads.
- Towpaths (canal trails).
- Paths along utility corridors.
- Paths in large developments.
- Planning and project development process.
- Unique planning issues for unique trail types:
|–||Converted rail and canal corridors.|
|–||Paths adjacent to railroads.|
|–||Paths adjacent to roads.|
- Common community issues (examples):
|–||Personal security/fear of crime.|
|–||Adjacent land uses and access.|
- Paths serve both transportation and recreation.
Shared–Use Path Design
- ADA accessibility.
- Trail width and striping.
- Traffic safety at trail/roadway intersections.
Trail Design Issues
- Path surface and treadway design.
- Geometric design.
- Access and restrictions.
- Safety adjacent to roads.
- Environmental impacts.
- Shared–use paths provide car–free arterials in the pedestrian and bicycle network.
- Path users are diverse.
- Different path types present different planning challenges.
- Trail design must serve both transportation and recreation needs.
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