2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Suburban Greenways and Trails: Context Matters

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Activity ID: NPC187025

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  • Understand multiple types of greenway and trail facilities based upon characteristics of setting, user types/needs, and potential conflicts
  • How to formulate strategies for expanding networks of greenways and trails, especially in suburban settings where destinations may be farther apart than denser areas
  • How to adapt and implement techniques for engaging community members and stakeholders in trail planning projects, including but not limited to online and in-person surveys, online mapping, and community events


Oftentimes, multi-use trails are lumped together as "off-street" facilities without much regard to context or design. Cobb County, Georgia, is home to more than 80 miles of multi-use trails that exist in a wide variety of contexts. The county's Greenways & Trails Master Plan differentiates trail typologies based upon factors that include setting, user types, and potential conflicts. To grow its active transportation network and encourage greater use, the Cobb County plan outlines strategies to expand linear connections, link destinations, and establish typologies appropriate for users of all ages and abilities, building on a regional framework and robust stakeholder input.

Session Speakers

Erin L. Thoresen, AICP
Atlanta, GA