The proposed Merritt Parkway Trail would be a multi-use trail along the entire 38-mile length the Merritt Parkway right-of-way.
The Trail Would:
Where multi-use trails have been built, they have been heavily used. For example, a study by the Farmington Valley Trails Council estimated that its 38-mile system in a relatively rural area of upstate Connecticut was used 252,215 times in 2013. Usage is higher in more densely-populated areas. The Charles River Bike Path, between Boston and Waltham MA was used 1,109,814 times per year, and the Hudson River Greenway in New York was used 1,402,330 times per year.
The Merritt Parkway Trail would transform an underutilized asset, the Merritt right-of-way, into an amenity that would make a very positive contribution to the quality of life in southwestern Connecticut.
For a discussion of usage of bicycle facilities Click Here
For usage of the Farmington Valley Trail system Click Here
For a discussion of the development of the Merritt Parkway, Click Here
For the website of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Click Here
For a description and Map of the Housatonic Rail Trail, Click Here
For a map of the Pequonnock Rail Trail, Click Here
For the Conn/DOT’s website for the Merritt Parkway Multi-use Trail Feasibility Study, Click Here
For Information on the discussions of the effect of multi-use trails on home values and safety, see:
For “Property Value/Desirability Effects of Bike Paths Adjacent to Residential Areas” from the College of Human Services, Education, & Public Policy at the University of Delaware 2006, Click Here
For “Rail-Trails and Safe Communities: The Experience on 372 Trails” by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and National Park Service, 1998, Click Here
For a discussion if the costs of bicycle facilities, Click Here