Economic Research

Here are all the secrets to our $50M Trail Town success.

Trail Town official guide book

That’s right— all our secrets, for free.  We were the first to put the Trail Town ideas into action… so we learned a lot. But we also proved that trails can drive local economies. The Great Allegheny Passage is boasting a massive $50 million impact this year. Now, we’re sharing everything we learned so other trailside communities can follow our … Continue reading

Few more volunteers needed – Trail Counts

Last year two synchronized trail counts took place at popular trail access areas on the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. Volunteers were located at trailheads between Titusville and Foxburg to measure trail traffic and collect zip code data from cyclists. Last year, volunteers tracked visitors from across western PA as well as the Cleveland and Akron areas and both North and … Continue reading

2015 Trail Surveys Show Growing Interest in Outdoor Recreation and Trail Amenities

In 2015, the Trail Town Program® conducted two surveys to collect data from trail users. The General Trail User Survey took a broad approach and looked at trail users across the country. Trail construction has been increasing across the United States. With millions of users utilizing these trails, they have the potential to generate significant economic impact in communities and … Continue reading

Summary of Recent Trail Counts along the Erie to Pittsburgh

Earlier this fall, trail counts took place in several of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Towns. Counts included zip code collection to get a picture of where trail users where coming from. The first count took place Friday August 21st from 4-6PM after a previously rainy day.  Titusville, Oil City, and Franklin volunteers were able to track 135 trail users … Continue reading

Seeking Trail User Information!

We are currently conducting a survey to find out what trail users are looking for during their journeys on the trail. Please take our survey and share it out! Survey Results will be available between October and November 2015. Any questions regarding this survey please contact us.