Trail-oriented development involves at least two stakeholders: the trail owner and the property owner. Leveraging this partnership and others (e.g., realtors, developers, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) will bring additional resources and more buy-in from community members.
What can municipalities do to build strong partnerships?
- Commit to building trails in available municipal rights of way (ROW).
- Promote the benefit of trails to the broader community.
- Invite the Chamber of Commerce, bankers, and property owners to a walking meeting at a local trail to start a conversation about trail-oriented development.
- Contact key property owners to test a pilot project.
- Meet with local developers to clarify what is/is not allowed near trails and ask what would make trailside development strategies easier for them.
- Work with economic development and tourism directors to create and improve trail-related events and use the events to gain feedback from the community through surveys and interviews.
- Create a trail-oriented development task force of local property owners, municipal officials from a wide array of departments, and local community organizations with an interest in trails. Establish a clear set of goals to increase trail usage through trail-oriented development strategies.
- Provide information to local businesses about applying for a Bike Friendly Business designation from the League of American Bicyclists to boost recognition and promote further adoption of trail-oriented development.