The Science of Trail Network Design


Many considerations come into play during the design phase for a trail. What aspects should be considered? And how are these prioritized. Where do you start with applying science to path-finding? This session covers the step by step process used by an established Texas multidisciplinary engineering and landscape architecture firm. Session covers both natural and human considerations.


W.J. “Bud” Melton III joined Halff Associates, Inc. to help foster new dimensions in active-transportation infrastructure planning, landscape architecture and engineering. Bud is often involved in project visioning, site analysis, feasibility and design of all types of pedestrian and bicyclist related projects. His experience includes a wide variety of active transportation and mobility networks. His recent focus in Urban Land Institute (ULI) includes Trails – the OTHER TOD. Bud has more than fifty years experience as a business owner and general manager; a presenter, facilitator, educator and researcher. His lifetime of bicycling experience ranges throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. He is considered a regional thought-leader on issues related to regional mobility, environmental preservation, and green infrastructure as relates to urban design. For more than 30 years, Bud has participated in local, regional and national workshops and training sessions on sustainable development practices and solutions.

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