The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands has created a research team with Dr. Bill Ramos and Indiana University School of Public Health graduate students to study health, economic, recreational and land use impacts of trails throughout Indiana. Supporters of this project include the IN Greenways Foundation, the Northwestern Regional Planning Commission, Indiana University, and City Parks and Recreation Departments throughout the Hoosier state.
The IN Trails study research team plans to begin data collection in October by placing counters on rural, urban and suburban trails located throughout the six IN Department of Transportation regions at 18 trail sites. The counters will provide information on the number of trail users and the frequency of use to study the impact of trails on public health, and provide user-pattern information that city agencies may use to address trail management issues. Survey data collection will include trail user intercept surveys and neighborhood-wide assessments to analyze the more detailed aspects of the user experience including dimensions of health, economic, and land use development.
While the IN Trails research team is hard at work, get outside and explore Indiana trails! Learn more about trail location, accessibility, safety and more by visiting the following websites: