Trail Network Accessibility: Analyzing Collector Pathways to Support Pedestrian and Cycling Mobility

Opportunities for trail development are emerging as pedestrian and cycling mobility is in demand. Similar to the arterial, collector, and local road classifications, pathways can also be analyzed to support network connectivity. A trail can be considered an arterial, while segments providing direct access to the trail represent collectors. Analyzing high priority collector pathways can provide accessibility and expansion in network connectivity for nonvehicular modes. This research aims to address this need through two objectives: (1) the development of the trail collector analysis (TCA) methodology; and (2) the application of TCA to the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Union County, Pennsylvania, as a case study. The method is based on identifying existing demand and applying factors based on mobility, location, infrastructure condition, and safety. Local recommendations are provided based on the results of the TCA case study including possible improvements to four collector pathways. Recommendations are also provided based on the implementation of the method so that the TCA tool can support transportation planners, specifically with regard to trail network decision-making to promote sustainable mobility.


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  • Accession Number: 01606508
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2016 3:13PM