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FHWA Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

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LESSON 10: OFF-ROAD TRAILS (INSTRUCTOR'S NOTES)

Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of off-road trails for walking and bicycling.
  2. Cite the different types of trails.
  3. Outline different issues related to trail design.

Pre-Instruction:

Components

Activities

Motivation

Ask the class to present the results of their inquiries regarding biking and walking trails in the area. Have them report on where the trails begin and end, how wide the trails are, and how frequently they are used.

Objectives

Present and explain the three lesson goals listed above (V-10-1).

Information Presentation:

Components

Activities

Information Sequence

Outline the presentation of the lecture (V-10-2).

Information

Discuss the importance of off-road trails as they relate to the overall transportation network.

List and describe the different types of trails (V-10-3 and V-10-4).

Discuss the different issues related to trail design (V-10-5 and V-10-6).

Example(s)

Show multiple examples (e.g., slides, videotape) of the types of trails and trail design elements.

Student Participation:

Components

Activities

Practice

Using a local U.S. Geological Survey map, have the students design a new trail that would enhance recreation and travel in you area. Have the students discuss the reasons behind the selection of their route.

Feedback

Provide comment and feedback to the class as appropriate.

Follow-Up:

Components

Activities

Enrichment

Assign reading for Lesson 11.

Have the students locate a local example of traffic calming. Have them visit the location, take measurements, and sketch the traffic-calming device. Have them critique the effectiveness of the device.

Review

Lesson Objectives:

Lesson Outline:

Different Types of Trails:

Different Types of Trails (continued):

Trail Design Issues:

Trail Design Issues (continued):

Lesson Summary:

 

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