Presentation Title

The Path Less Pedaled: An Assessment Of The North Cheshire Rail Trail In Southwestern New Hampshire

Presenter Information

Katherine Wood
Varick Parizo
Lena Fontana

Mentor

Christopher Brehme

Location

L. P. Young Student Center – Lantern And East Dining Rooms

Abstract

This study examines a bicycle and pedestrian trail between Keene and Walpole, NH that provides recreation opportunities for local residents and seasonal visitors. The trail accommodates a variety of activities throughout the year. Our study focuses on trail conditions and the potential for the rail trail to encourage tourism in the Monadnock Region. Data from trail users and local businesses were obtained through surveys administered on the trail and through an online survey platform. These were statistically analyzed to identify trends. Data on trail conditions and use were obtained from traffic counters, GPS trackers, and visual observations. Using GIS, trail conditions were individually rated in terms of surface material, texture, and moisture, then the three ratings were combined into a final score of trail ‘ridability.’ A final map of trail condition rankings and amenities was produced to help promote the trail and surrounding towns as a cycling tourism destination.

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The Path Less Pedaled: An Assessment Of The North Cheshire Rail Trail In Southwestern New Hampshire

L. P. Young Student Center – Lantern And East Dining Rooms

This study examines a bicycle and pedestrian trail between Keene and Walpole, NH that provides recreation opportunities for local residents and seasonal visitors. The trail accommodates a variety of activities throughout the year. Our study focuses on trail conditions and the potential for the rail trail to encourage tourism in the Monadnock Region. Data from trail users and local businesses were obtained through surveys administered on the trail and through an online survey platform. These were statistically analyzed to identify trends. Data on trail conditions and use were obtained from traffic counters, GPS trackers, and visual observations. Using GIS, trail conditions were individually rated in terms of surface material, texture, and moisture, then the three ratings were combined into a final score of trail ‘ridability.’ A final map of trail condition rankings and amenities was produced to help promote the trail and surrounding towns as a cycling tourism destination.