Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title The Use of Urban Trails and Adjacent Land Use, Socio-Economic Characteristics, and Trail Design: A Denver Case Study
Author(s) Keeley, Amy K.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 2001 August
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Genre Dissertations, Academic
Abstract Urban trails in riparian corridors follow an organic course through a diversity of environments, "linking" several varying areas of a community as transportation and recreation routes. This research was an attempt to account for the geographic distribution of types and amounts of urban riparian trail use within the study area. This was done by relating trail corridor characteristics to the trail traffic levels. Two urban trails were studied within Denver, Colorado. The trailways consist of 400 acres of parks along a 20-mile network that runs parallel to the major transportation corridors in Denver. The trails merge together near the CBD and intercept a diversity of neighborhoods. At twenty sites along the trailways, data on trail use was collected on Sundays and during morning and evening peak commuter times on weekdays. The data consist of trail surveys completed by users, total amount of trail-users with their modal type, gender, race, age group, and travel direction. These data were used to determine the spatial variation of the characteristics of the trail-users, and to determine if any relationships exist between total trail traffic per site and adjacent land use types and densities, adjacent socio-economic characteristics of trail corridor residents, and trail site design characteristics. This study contributes to transportation research which focuses on alternative transportation modes, as well as recreational research which focuses on urban trail use trends.
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