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8.05 Trails and pathways encourage healthy lifestyles, save energy, and protect air quality by encouraging non-motorized transportation

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  2. Claiming the Health Dividend: Value for Money Estimates of Investment in Walking and Cycling
    2014 - England

    This report summarizes the latest findings in studies that looked at benefit-to-cost ratios of investments in walking and cycling which are considered to be around 5:1. 

  3. New Walking and Cycling Routes and Increased Physical Activity
    2014 - England

    Walking, cycling, and physical activity is increased over the longer term by proximity to high-quality, traffic-free routes for walking and cycling.

  4. Benefits of Rail-Trails
    2008 - USA

    Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible and low- or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike,...

  5. Contribution of Public Parks to Physical Activity
    2007 - USA

    Public parks are critical resources for physical activity in minor- ity communities. Because residential proximity is strongly associated with phys- ical activity and park use, the number and...

  6. Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Parks
    2008 - USA

    The expansion of green spaces in urban areas can reduce the energy use and CO2 emissions associated with water delivery by providing a medium for wastewater recycling and increased stormwater...

  7. Linked landscapes: Creating greenway corridors through conservation subdivision strategies in the no
    2003 - Canada

    Because of their low costs and inherent adaptability, conservation subdivisions can become the basic “building block” for creating community-wide and regional greenspace networks.  When local...

  8. Macro-Linkages between Health and Outdoor Recreation: The Role of Parks and Recreation Providers
    2009 - USA

    Park and recreation providers in Oregon can play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of Oregon’s residents by providing outdoor recreation infrastructure such as trails and sports...

  9. Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania
    2010 - USA

    Protected open spaces add billions of dollars to the value of the region’s housing stock and millions of dollars in revenue to local governments in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  10. Using greenways to reclaim nature in Brazilian cities
    2006 - Canada

    For a relatively small amount of money, green corridors can reconnect the parts of a city. They can be attached to streams, rivers, or shores to provide soft edges and restore flood plains,...

  11. Increasing walking: How important is distance to, attractiveness, and size of public open space?
    2005 - USA

    Access to attractive, large public open space is associated with higher levels of walking.

  12. Nonmarket benefits of nature: What should be counted in green GDP?
    2006 - USA

    The benefits of nature include many forms of recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, commercial and subsistence harvests, damage avoidance, human health, and enjoyment of life’s diversity.

  13. Restoration and stress relief through physical activities in forests and parks
    2007 - Switzerland

    Suffering from headaches and stress decreased significantly, and feeling well-balanced increased significantly. Positive effects increased with length of visit, and individuals practising sports...

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  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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