National Trail Surfaces Study

Trails provide opportunities for people to connect with the natural environment in a variety of settings and are places for all individuals, including people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities have the same desire to explore nature and physical barriers such as inaccessible surfaces and routes can hamper or even prevent opportunities to participate in the outdoor leisure experience for people with a disability. The purpose of the longitudinal surface study was to evaluate a variety of trail surface materials, and their ability to meet proposed accessibility requirements of firmness and stability from initial installation and maintenance over 51 months. Results from the longitudinal study of trail surfaces included 11 different surface materials installed at Bradford Woods a unit of Indiana University located in Martinsville, Indiana. The implications of quantitative and qualitative data are that a trail composed of an all-aggregate material, when constructed to specific parameters, could be maintained with little to no maintenance as a firm and stable surface.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 101p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01526290
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 3 2014 11:42AM