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Old 11-13-2017, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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Around where I live, I've noticed several new bike paths where there used to be railroad tracks. Is this common in other parts of the country? I'm guessing the railroad tracks that they replace them with are no longer being used.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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https://www.railstotrails.org/
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Quite common. Seattle has a former rail right of way converted to a bike/ped trail since the 70's called Burke-Gilman running from Ballard near the Sound to suburban Redmond. Though it changes its name to "Samamish Trail" as it moves out of Bothell.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke-Gilman_Trail
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the links. Interesting that they've been doing it for so long too.

Also "rails to trails" lol quite catchy.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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The railroad in my quadrant of Houston got replaced by the Westpark Tollway. I was hoping for a commuter rail line to Downtown Houston to reduce wear-and-tear on my car, save time and stress on my health but the good-'ol-boys are wedded to the tire-rubber-concrete-developer cartel.

There is a spur turned biking/jogging trail near the University of Houston that got featured as a mugging magnet on the local TV news a couple years ago. It's near the gentrifying area east of Downtown that is popular with yuppies.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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Around where I live, I've noticed several new bike paths where there used to be railroad tracks. Is this common in other parts of the country? I'm guessing the railroad tracks that they replace them with are no longer being used.
It is a shame that this is happening, but it happened where I live. There used to be a railroad connecting all of the cities in Pinellas County so that you could stop at any downtown. Now, just a bike trail, so we are condemned to waste our time in traffic with no alternative.

It takes a rare fool to ride a bicycle 30 miles in 90 degree heat/humidity in Florida. Bring back the trains!
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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It takes a rare fool to ride a bicycle 30 miles in 90 degree heat/humidity in Florida. Bring back the trains!
Yuck. But at least that trail probably doesn't go by any hog farms. One of the trails around here that they converted from a railroad does and those places REEK.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Turning an old rail right-of-way into a trail makes a lot of sense - especially if you live in a state with a dearth of public land. The land has already been prepared and the grade is gentle. Just rip up the tracks and ties and go. It's a whole lot cheaper than trying to obtain and/or prepare undeveloped land.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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All the time in New England
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Perhaps the most well known of these is happening in Atlanta with the BeltLine, the conversion of an old 22 mile industrial railroad loop around the Central City. It is being converted into a multi-purpose trail with adjoining parks and and art instalations. Light Rail transit is coming soon, and will also connect to several new Crosstown lines.

It's the largest urban renewal project in the Country, and has caused a multi-billion dollar explosion of growth along the nearly completed East Side Trail already. It has truly been amazing to witness the positive changes that have and are occurring.

https://beltline.org/

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