Trail Mix

Complete Streets

For the past few months, the Kingston Land Trust has been working on developing a sustainable framework for management of the Kingston Greenline. As part of a recurring column in the Kingston Land Trust Newsletter, we’ll be introducing some concepts that provide a base for better understanding trail management.

This month’s concept… Trail Types.

For each portion of the Kingston Greenline a Trail Type has been identified based on trail surface, extent of built infrastructure, surrounding environment, and relationship with a rail corridor or active rail line. These distinctions help determine maintenance needs, and guide planning and design decisions. Identifying trail types for different portions of the Greenline also helps determine both short- and long-term maintenance costs.

There are several Trail Types that have been identified for the Greenline, including:

Complete Streets: The City of Kingston Complete Streets Council Resolution defines Complete Streets as “comprehensive, integrated roads that provide for safe and convenient travel along and across the street network by all users: walkers, bicyclists, drivers of various types of vehicles and riders of public transportation, of all ages and abilities, including children and youth, older adults, and persons with disabilities.” For the Geenline, the Complete Street trail type includes pedestrian accommodations, but also includes the following;

  • Bike Lane: A portion of roadway designated for preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists.
  • Separated Bike Lane (aka Cycle Track): A bike lane accompanied by a designated buffer space, separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent travel or parking lane.
  • Shared Lane: A roadway open to both motor vehicle and bicycle travel. Streets with shared lanes are often too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side-by-side within the same traffic lane. A pavement marking symbol known as a “sharrow” is typically included on these roadways to assist bicycles with lateral positioning.

Footpath: A pedestrian only walkway, the surface of which often consists of natural materials such as compact gravel or mulch. Wheelchair use is permitted although their use may not be practical depending on the surface material.

Promenade: A pedestrian only walkway, with a surface that is paved or consisting of stone pavers. Promenade’s are located along a waterfront.

Multi-Use Trail: A trail accommodating multiple types of uses that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by an open space or barrier. Common uses along this type of trail include pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers, and other non-motorized users. Both designated and prohibited user types are posted at trailhead access points.

Rail Trail: A multi-use trail, either paved or unpaved, built within the right of way of a former railroad.

Trolley Trail: A multi-use trail, either paved or unpaved, built within the right of way of an active trolley line.

Stay Tuned for more on the Kingston Greenline

1 comment to Trail Mix

  • Harrison Balduf

    Ya’ll left out the notion of a rail with trail, which is when a trail is built within the right of way of an active railroad alongside its tracks. I suppose the city’s Trolley Trail is an example of such an operation.

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