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Greenways, Trails and Water Trails

Bikers stopped looking over lakeGreenways are about connections: they connect people and wildlife to places, to nature, and to each other. In a time where urban open space is a rarity, new recreational opportunities may only exist in linear patterns- along utility easements, roadways and other transportation corridors and waterfronts. 

These paths make it possible to connect people to parks, but also make connections in grander ways. They create more recreational opportunities for residents and visitors; provide an alternative means of transportation; protect natural resources; increase property values; and encourage tourism and business development.

Biker crossing bike trailThere are several elements of a proper bicycle network including bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, shared-streets and off-street paths or trails. It's fairly common to find off-street paths or trails on greenways. Bicycle mode share is not likely to increase without a sufficient network in place.

Providing various options for cyclists is important for different types of cyclists and their needs. With a proper network of facilities that includes greenways and trails, it is not unusual to transition from suburb to city from an unpaved trail to asphalt trail to a bike lane to shared street. All of these segments are part of the same network of facilities and traverse a number of landscapes. 

Water Trails add a distinct element to a Greenways system: they add visual interest to a corridor and provide opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and in some cases swimming. A Water Trail can be any linear body of water such as a river or stream, but the most prevalent forms in South Florida are canals and levees.

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