The Power of Trails and Trail Towns

All – Check out the Titusville Trails story that is up on VIERA.comwritten by Linda Brandt –Thank you to Linda Brandt at Brandt Ronat & Co . – great info for our neighbors on what is going on in the north end of Brevard. (Thanks, Edyie for the headsup)

Power of Trails and Trail Towns
July 30, 2018 – Titusville, Viera’s neighbor to the north, was recently designated as an official trail town by the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails, only Florida’s second such designation. A “Trail Town” in Florida is a community located along or in proximity to one or more long-distance non-motorized recreational trails—a rail trail, paddling trail, equestrian trail or hiking trail, where trail users can venture off the trail to enjoy the unique heritage of the nearby community.

Viera congratulates Titusville on the Florida Trail Town Designation. Titusville’s steps to becoming a trail town include opening a new Welcome Center that includes a bike shop inside.

Viera, Florida appreciates trails. With more than a hundred miles of trails within its boundaries, Viera is designed with trails that serve the neighborhoods and allow for residents to walk or bike to shopping and dining. Viera master planners understand the power of a well-considered trail system to encourage positive community growth, provide options for healthy lifestyles, and create ways for people with many levels of ability to live great lives.

The City of Titusville, on Florida’s East Coast, sits at the convergence of three long-distance trails: Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail , the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, and the East Coast Greenway. Trail Towns are not stand-alone communities; they are linked to neighbors by the long-distance trail corridor. Trail users want to explore interesting and vibrant places in their travels and need services that the region provides. Trail Towns are a boon to the region. The Titusville trails now existing are just the beginning as more trails open and meet up with the ever expanding East Coast Greenway that will eventually form a 2900 mile trail from Main to Key West.

Posted on July 30, 2018. Categorized under: News

https://viera.com/news/the-power-of-trails-and-the-growth-of-trail-towns

 

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To help underscore the economic power of trails,  here is an excerpt from the Office of Greenways and Trails Systems Plan:  

"Long distance or destination trails not only attract nearby residents, but also visitors from outside the local community. These visitors travel specifically to use the trail and are seeking a multi-day experience. Studies show that the longer a trail is, the farther people will travel to visit it, the longer they will stay, and the more money they will spend. A day-user will spend four times the amount of a local user, and is likely to make a return trip to the area. An overnight visitor will spend twice the amount of a day-user. Local businesses, especially those that cater to the needs of the trail users, commonly feel the economic impacts of these destination trails. Service providers often include restaurants, grocery or convenience stores, campgrounds and hotels, guide services and gear stores. Direct connections between the commercial centers and the destination trails can be accomplished by trail spurs or indirectly by wayfinding signage or shuttles from nearby trailheads. "