Not only does a having a city-wide trail system increase access to parks, it makes running, walking, and biking, more feasible and safe for all citizens. A study from the Calthorpe Associates, an urban design firm, found that people living in pedestrian friendly neighborhoods make four times as many walking and bicycling trips as residents living an a community without trails. In addition to increasing the health of the residents, a community that invests in trails will see increased economic benefits. The National Trails Training Partnership reported that homes with a high level of walkability can have premiums up to $34,000 more than homes with average walkability!
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