Alternative Transportation Systems: Multi-Use Trails
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The Department is committed to making our roadway systems safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative systems, such as multi-use trails, can also offer safe, healthy, functional and aesthetically pleasing travel ways for these users when designed with the community in mind.
Multi-use trail systems can offer good alternatives when design considerations include:
  • originations/destinations of trips,
  • adequate entrances/exits from the system, and
  • safe connections and crossings with the nearby roadway network or available transit.
The added benefit of separation from motorized traffic provides a safer facility in many cases and also buffers users from vehicle generated pollutants and noise, making the trip more enjoyable and healthier.
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Multi-Use Trail Information

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Health Benefits

Regular physical activity, such as walking, running, cycling, and skating, is a proven benefit to the cardiovascular health of people of all ages.

Studies have shown that the percentage of young people who are overweight has almost doubled in the last twenty years. In addition, more than sixty percent of American adults do not engage in the recommended daily amount of thirty minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. There exists a glaring need for people to incorporate regular physical activity into their lives. Multi-use trails offer a unique and inexpensive opportunity for people to engage in regular physical activity.

Clearly, policy and environmental changes designed toward establishing healthier lifestyles and walkable communities will require the collaboration of many state and local agencies and organizations.

Connecticut Department
of Public Health
Connecticut Department of
Environmental Protection

Connecticut Department
of Transportation

Federal Highway
For further information please:
E-Mail to:
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
or write to:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546