Five reasons dedicated hiking trails works best

Drawing up trail design and planning thoughts – See all hiking illustrations here

Drawing: The benefits of real walking trails

Text and concept sketch by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Hiking trails are sometimes combined with other trails, like mountain biking tracks and all wheel drive routes, but walking is very different from driving and walkers most often loose, when trails can be used for anything but walking

Here are five reasons dedicated hiking trails works well:

  1. Dedicated hiking trails can be made with less impact on nature and biodiversity
  2. Dedicated hiking trails can be placed closer to the best places ,and run along things like beaches and lakes in ways that fit better in than multi-use trails
  3. Dedicated hiking trails are less expensive to maintain and build
  4. Dedicated hiking trails makes talking and thinking easier, and is less stressful for hikers, than when in risk of meeting ex. racing mountain bikers
  5. Dedicated hiking trails only have one kind of users, so they can be tailored to the needs, speed and reality of walking

Drawing is part of my work drawing up research and understandings of trails and walking

Drawing of hikers and mountainbikes and all-wheel vehicles on the same trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
When different groups are in the same areas trails can be challenged and damaged by unintended use. Hikers almost always prefer to have trails that are only used on foot.

See all trail design drawings here

Keywords: mountainbiking, four wheel driving, trails, hiking, design, landscapesofunderstanding, traildesign

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