December 21, 2016 - Amy Camp owns Cycle Forward and helps communities rethink trails and tourism.
“Trail town” and “trail community” programs have been popping up along destination trails all over the U.S. The programs help communities better connect to their trails and provide services to trail users, and they use trail tourism as a strategy for economic development and revitalization.
Amy Camp, owner of Cycle Forward, helped to launch the nationally recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007 along the Great Allegheny Passage and now consults communities on how they can rethink trails and tourism. Here's her primer for how to start building a “trail town” program in your own community.
Don’t wait to launch a formal program to get started with improvements. The trail town approach is about connecting “trail to town” for the benefit of both trail users and trail communities. Things like signs, bike racks, bike lanes, “welcome” messages, horse hitches, and public art are all examples of physical cues that can enhance a trail user’s visit. Go ahead and get started!
This first appeared in American Trails Magazine (Summer 2016 issue, page 12).
For more background on “trail town” programs, check out this past blog post, Trail Towns: Programs We Can Learn From. Follow Cycle Forward on Facebook and Instagram and learn more at www.cycleforward.org.
Photo 1 by Doug Riegner | Photo 2 by Joni Foman | Photo 3 by Saara Snow.
BUILDING BICYCLE TOURISM is written by Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow of the Travel Initiatives Department and focuses on the growing national movement to build bicycle tourism, including economic impacts, bike friendly tips, multimodal travel, and resources for destination development and marketing.
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Nice photo of bicyclists running a red light and illegally riding 2 abreast on a 2 way bike lane.