Presentation Title

Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Trail Begins: An Evaluation of Pedestrian Infrastructure in Swanzey, New Hampshire

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

Geography

Mentor

Lara Bryant

Date & Time

April 9th at 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Abstract

Residents in Swanzey, New Hampshire are redefining its rural character to create a ‘complete community.’ Complete communities are towns/cities with plans incorporating safe streets for pedestrians, bicycles, and cars. They also include connected sidewalk networks and safe, accessible trail systems. Research objectives are to give Swanzey a comprehensive inventory and analysis of pedestrian infrastructure, evaluate residents’ perceptions, and offer suggestions for improving current conditions. Trails and sidewalks are evaluated and mapped to show location and condition. Surveys were used to gauge residents’ attitudes towards current conditions. A focus group and Chi-Square tests of survey results are used to determine public perceptions of pedestrian infrastructure. Results indicate that Swanzey’s sidewalk network is fractured and concentrated in three unconnected areas, and though there are ample trails most have poor accessibility due to lack of trailhead markings and accurate maps.

KEYWORDS: undergraduate research, service learning, pedestrian infrastructure

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Apr 9th, 4:15 PM

Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Trail Begins: An Evaluation of Pedestrian Infrastructure in Swanzey, New Hampshire

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Residents in Swanzey, New Hampshire are redefining its rural character to create a ‘complete community.’ Complete communities are towns/cities with plans incorporating safe streets for pedestrians, bicycles, and cars. They also include connected sidewalk networks and safe, accessible trail systems. Research objectives are to give Swanzey a comprehensive inventory and analysis of pedestrian infrastructure, evaluate residents’ perceptions, and offer suggestions for improving current conditions. Trails and sidewalks are evaluated and mapped to show location and condition. Surveys were used to gauge residents’ attitudes towards current conditions. A focus group and Chi-Square tests of survey results are used to determine public perceptions of pedestrian infrastructure. Results indicate that Swanzey’s sidewalk network is fractured and concentrated in three unconnected areas, and though there are ample trails most have poor accessibility due to lack of trailhead markings and accurate maps.

KEYWORDS: undergraduate research, service learning, pedestrian infrastructure