Using onsite trail interviews, this study evaluates physical activity patterns and trail use among new and habitually active exercisers. The authors determined that 23% of the trail users were new exercisers. New exercisers were more dependent on the trails as a primary outlet for physical activity than were habitually active exercisers. New exercisers traveled shorter distances to access the trails and rated convenience as a primary reason for using them. Both safety and terrain issues emerged as enablers for trail use, and unsafe conditions emerged as a concern among new exercisers.

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Published on 10/01/04

Author: Paul M. Gordon, Samuel J. Zizzi and Jeff Pauline

Collection: Trail Management

Type: Article

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Tags: Active Transportation, Health, User Surveys