The Core Measures of Trail Use is a comprehensive core set of questionnaire items that measure perceived trail use (for recreation and transportation) and perceived factors that may influence trail use in different populations.
There is growing interest in increasing physical activity through promoting use of existing (or construction of new) community paths and trails. This study and corresponding collaborative effort aim to develop a core set of reliable trail use measures. Three different studies on trail use collaborated to develop closely related trail use measures that served different research purposes but remained comparable:
USC ROUTES Study (Reynolds, PI)
Studies trail use of users and non-users living within a one-mile buffer of 3 trails in LA, Dallas and Chicago - telephone recruitment.
IUPUI (Lindsey, PI)
Studies trail activity patterns and perceptions of trail users near 5 trails in the Indianapolis area, some data on non-users, telephone recruitment.
Harvard University (Troped, PI)
Studies users of six community trails and paths in Massachusetts by conducting brief trail intercept surveys & measuring on and off-trail activity with portable GPS units & accelerometers.