Q. What are the advantages of trails in Fort Wayne and Allen County?
Many studies prove that trails and greenways positively impact the way of life for communities by providing not only recreation and transportation alternatives, but by also influencing economic and community development. Thousands of communities across the country have been positively impacted by trail networks and boast their economic, safety, recreational, and environmental benefits.
Some specific benefits:
Preventative Health Care: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that “Access to places for physical activity can be created or enhanced by building trails.”
Healthy Activities for Children: A recent study in Vancouver, BC, demonstrated a marked decrease in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for suburban children, due to lack of access to sidewalks and the ability to walk or bicycle to school. Trails help to counteract this trend.
Safety: parks and trails can provide safe spaces for people to play and exercise, away from busy streets and commercial zones. ”
Trails provide incentives for Millenials to live here: “Communities that attract Millennials have a multitude of transportation choices,”
Trails attract Business. The bike commuting and active lifestyles desired by professionals are made possible by trails and pedestrian infrastructure. Many companies have cited the availability of trails as a significant factor in their decision to choose one locale over another to build a business.
Trails are good for business: They provide countless opportunities for economic renewal and growth. Not only do restaurants and retail stores benefit from proximity to trails, but the region’s ability to attract jobs is impacted, too.
Task Force on Community Preventative Services, “Recommendations to Increase Physical Activity in Communities.” American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 2002;22. Pp. 67-72.
Frazer, Amanda et. al., “Differences in adolescents’ physical activity from school-travel between urban and suburban neighborhoods in Metro Vancouver, Canada.” Preventive Medicine Reports 2 (2015). Pp.170-173.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/parks_trails/ visit,ed June 2, 2015.
http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/APTA-Millennials-and-Mobility.pdf acces,sed June 11, 2015.