Beyond greenways : the next step for city trails and walking routes / Robert Searns ; illustrations by Bill Neumann.

Searns, Robert M. [Browse]
  • Washington, DC : Island Press, 2023
  • ©2023
xix, 225 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


Biographical/​Historical note
Robert Searns has a four-decade history of visualizing, planning, and getting trails and greenway projects built.
Summary note
"In Beyond Greenways: The Next Step for City Trails and Walking Routes, greenways expert Robert Searns makes a case for walking infrastructure that serves a more diverse array of people. He builds on the legacy of boulevards, parkways, and greenways to introduce a next generation of more accessible pathways, wide enough for two people to stroll together, that stitch together urban and suburban areas. With more trails built near neighborhoods that haven't had access to them, more people can get around on foot, in town or further out. Searns lays out practical advice on how to plan and design them, garner community support, and get them built. Drawing inspiration from the US and abroad, he introduces two models--grand loop trails and town walks. Grand loop trails are regional-scale, 20 to 350-mile systems that encircle metro areas, running along the edges where city meets countryside. Town walks are shorter--2 to 6-mile routes in cities. Throughout, Searns presents examples that embody these ideals, from Tucson's Turquoise Trail, created by just two people with an idea and some left-over blue paint the city had, to a more deluxe 5-mile loop in Denver, to the Maricopa trail in Phoenix, a completed 315 mile grand loop. He also envisions these trails in new places across North America"--Publisher's website.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references
  • Introduction
  • The next step for city trails and walking routes
  • Grand loop trails: configurations and themes
  • Town walks: configurations and themes
  • Guiding principles and attributes
  • Laying out a route
  • Making a plan
  • Building support, engaging the public, and motivating trail users
  • Plans, visions, and thought experiments.
Other title(s)
Next step for city trails and walking routes
  • 9781642832631 ((paperback))
  • 1642832634 ((paperback))
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