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    Looking for references regarding fire and crime

    My municipality is intending to build a new trail network and we have received a number of comments on our CEQA document regarding increases in 1) fire 2) crime as a result of trail construction.

    I need to reply to these comments.

    While we have not experienced these impacts with other trails in the area I would like to find citable documents regarding these topics.

    I have Googled and not found anything. Anyone know of good sources?

    And yes...these will be singletrack and yes...mtbs will be allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbd View Post
    My municipality is intending to build a new trail network and we have received a number of comments on our CEQA document regarding increases in 1) fire 2) crime as a result of trail construction.

    I need to reply to these comments.

    While we have not experienced these impacts with other trails in the area I would like to find citable documents regarding these topics.

    I have Googled and not found anything. Anyone know of good sources?

    And yes...these will be singletrack and yes...mtbs will be allowed.

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    It will likely be tough to find verifiable 'studies' on this, however anecdotally I can say criminal activity has greatly decreased as recreational trail use has increased in my area. It is my understanding that this is the norm for most areas; trail users put eyes in areas that were previously considered 'no man's land' and therefore discourage illegal activity.

    Maybe reach out to nearby municipalities that have well used trail systems to see if they could offer their experiences? I would also point to any volunteer work your club does - ours does a major trash clean up every year that we point to as indicative of the stewardship trail users bring to the table.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you.

    We haver plenty of local anectdotal experiences we can point to.

    I would like to bolster those observations with citable studies.

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    Studies of Crime near bike paths

    Not exactly mountain bike trails but close

    Property Value/Desirability Effects of Bike Paths Adjacent to Residential Areas
    https://www.railstotrails.org/resour...r.ashx?id=4482

    https://linkingtheloop.files.wordpre...ties-value.pdf

    https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/indexablecon...3-a3a4d3d5106b

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    I don't think the distinction would even register, singletrack/trail; those look like great citations.

    Particularly this:
    Misconceptions over Trail Security
    In their article, Rail-Trails and Safe Communities: The Experience on 372 Trails (1998), Tammy Tracy and Hugh Morris
    address many misconceptions concerning trail security. Their research revealed that crime rates are lower on trail networks
    than the overall crime rate for the region in which they are located, whether urban, suburban, or rural. The authors also
    discovered that in many cases the trail networks reduced minor crimes such as graffiti and vandalism. Worth noting,
    however, was that although there were differences among urban, suburban, and rural trails in terms of graffiti (26 percent
    reported in urban areas compared to 17 percent in suburban and 12 percent in rural areas) there was virtually no difference
    between urban, suburban, and rural related to incidents of littering and sign damage.

    Great links Leaguerider!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ki5ka View Post
    I don't think the distinction would even register, singletrack/trail; those look like great citations.

    Great links Leaguerider!
    Yup, I think those are great!

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