Downtowns & Trails

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Revitalizing Downtowns - One trail at a Time


New Hampshire's natural resources are its greatest asset. Our New Hampshire economy grows when our forests, trails, waters, are well taken care of, used by residents and visitors and linked to our downtowns.


Articles

Trailside Services connects trail users with local businesses and attractions
Trailside Services connects trail users with local businesses and attractions Learn More
Trail Finder website launches new feature to help stimulate local economies in New Hampshire and Vermont
Trail Finder website launches new feature to help stimulate local economies in New Hampshire and Vermont Learn More
The 50th World Economic Forum took place January 21-24, 2020 in Davos, Switzerland.  This year’s meeting theme was very relevant for our communit... Learn More
Resource from the Field

NERCRD Best Practices in Bike/Pedestrian Trail Data and Monitoring

In 2020 colleagues at the University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, and University of Minnesota partnered on a multi-state grant to share successes and learning from trail and non-motorized traffic monitoring initiatives, including the Connecticut Trail Census, the New Hampshire Trail Finder and the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative led by Dr. Greg Lindsey, a nationally-recognized scholar in the area of active transportation and research.  The project will involve monthly meetings of team members with recorded webinar presentations, a face to face Bike/Pedestrian Data Colloquium, publication of colloquium proceedings, identification of research agenda items, implementation of three pilot data collection sites, and development of a collegial network. Learn More

Informational Sheet: Using Data and Engagement to Capitalize on Multi-Use Trails: Examples from New Hampshire

UNH Extension staff Shannon Rogers and Emma Tutein were authors on this piece that describes the Downtowns and Trails Program. The focus is to enhance opportunities for linking downtowns and “in-town trails,” those located within the vicinity of downtowns or business district.  Read Informational Sheet

Resources from UNH Extension

Over the past two years, interrupted but not deterred by the ongoing pandemic, we worked adaptively and creatively with the Ossipee Economic Developme... Learn More
Over six months, from Sept. 2021-March 2022, we worked with the City of Keene on how to better connect two rail trails with their downtown businesses.... Learn More
We recently completed a pilot of our Downtowns & Trails program in Bristol, NH.  This final report summarizes the work we've done with the co... Learn More
Communities that are working on increasing vibrancy in their downtowns and on their main streets may benefit from connecting their economic centers wi... Learn More
Many communities in New Hampshire and beyond, have natural assets such as trails that can be leveraged for economic vibrancy. In this fact sheet, the ... Learn More
We aim to help communities connect the environment and natural resources with community goals to create vibrant economies and high quality of life for... Learn More