The Ashuelot Rail-Trail: The Art Of Commuting
Many commuters ride their bicycles to get their destinations. Rail-trails, former railroad beds converted to pedestrian and bicycle trails, may prove to be viable routes for bicycle commuters. With the collaboration of Southwest Region Planning Commission, our group assessed baseline characteristics of the Ashuelot Rail-Trail (ART) in southern New Hampshire and collected information about the potential of the ART as a commuter pathway. Data were collected using several methods. Trail attribute data were obtained using GPS receivers and trail assessment forms. Trail user data were collected using on-trail comment cards and through off-trail surveys to local residents. Community stakeholders were interviewed to provide contextual information. We synthesized the results of our research to gain a greater understanding about the commuting viability of the ART. Our group discovered that the ART is widely underutilized as a commuter pathway, despite its relatively good physical condition.
Keene State College
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