In part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series, we talked about some of the concept of sharing and whether it was possible or advisable. In the penultimate article in the series, we will discuss the attitude of the users and their expectations.
But first a reminder of how we got here. It all started with an article by Mr. Troy Duffin of Avid Trails who mentioned, in part, the following:
I’ve always advised clients and agencies that, if possible, they should build separate trails for the various user groups… Directional trails help, but there are still vast speed differences between different users when moving in the same direction. I continue to believe that separate trails are the best solution… Building bicycle-specific trails helps solve the problem, and results in more enjoyable trails for bikes.
In part 2 we discussed the speed aspect of sharing and in part 3 we discussed sightlines as they pertain to trail sharing. But both those discussions were about the mechanics of sharing, not the heart and soul of sharing. For that, we must discuss the usage of trails. How do users want to use the trail? What is their attitude toward other user groups? Can we alter attitudes of user groups to make sharing easier?
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