Use of urban greenways: insights from Indianapolis

Lindsey, G., 1999, Use of urban greenways: insights from Indianapolis, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, ,

  • Author : Lindsey, G.
  • Year : 1999
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Pages : 145-157
  • Abstract in English : In many urban areas planners are working to develop systems of greenways along natural or artificial corridors, such as riverfronts, streams, canals etc. Many greenways include trails for active recreation; use, including walking, running, bicycling, and skating. Little information about actual use of trail in urban green ways is available. This paper reports the results of counts of users on three linked greenway trails in Indianapolis. It also describes the results of users surveys on two of the trails. The paper begins with a discussion of issues in planning greenway trails, including the need for information about levels of use and perceptions of users. The second section is a description of the Indianapolis Greenways system and the context for the study. The results of the counts and the surveys are presented. Most users of each trail believed that trail features and trail maintenance are satisfactory or excellent, although users indicated a need for drinking fountains, restrooms, people to clean up after their dogs, and more trash cans. The main problems perceived by users had to do with failures of other users to extend courtesies. Trail location relative to home is important and local trails should form the foundation of metropolitan greenway trail system. The results also indicated, however, a need to consider carefully the differences among particular trails in a metropolitan system
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: trails, trail use, greenways, urban space, recreation, quality. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education