JULY 25, 2014

MORPC will begin surveying Central Ohio trail users to learn more about how people use and value multi-use trails in the region. The surveys will be conducted in-person from 7AM to 7PM at various locations along the Olentangy, Alum Creek, and Scioto trails July 28 through August 31. An online survey is also available. 

Survey responses will supplement MORPC's Economic Impact of Trails Study for Central Ohio. The study is being conducted in partnership with the cities of Columbus, Hilliard, New Albany, Westerville and Canal Winchester, Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to create a better understanding the economic impact and actual usage of the Central Ohio Greenways trail network. The University of Minnesota was hired to conduct the study. 

Trail use data has been collected and analyzed throughout the years at several locations along the Central Ohio Greenways trail network. However, a more thorough understanding of the impact of trail development in Central Ohio is lacking. The Economic Impact of Trails Study will provide a credible report on the value of trails by analyzing their economic impact and actual usage. The report is intended for government decision makers, developers, the business community and residents to generate support for continued investments in trails. The study will also obtain objective data that can be used to compete for funding and to add a dimension to existing transportation performance measures.

For more information contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.