First Step: Engaging and Advocating
- Engaging community stakeholders: the Lodi Greenline will benefit nearby homeowners, schools, and businesses
- Working with Union Pacific to acquire the necessary parcels
- Securing funding through federal, state, and local grants. There is money available for projects like this that increase access to walking and biking paths, provide safe routes to schools and parks, and reduce traffic congestion and pollution
Second Step: Trail Designing and Building
- Designing and Building: the straight corridor lends itself to creating a stunning perspective bordered by trees or shurbs, which will also address noise and privacy concerns for Greenline neighbors
This is cross-section of what a finished Lodi Greenline could look like given the average width of the right-of-way. The trail comfortably fits a 10’ asphalt bicycling path and adjacent walking path within a parallel avenue of trees along its border.
Third Step: Enhancing and Maintaining
- Opportunities for community features: The project opens up a wide range of ways to engage the community, such as through a welcome sign at Turner Road, signage about the historical nature of the rail line, durable exercise equipment, public art, community garden space, and more!
- Trail Management: trails require minimal maintenance due to the low impact pedestrians and cyclists have on transportation infrastructure compared to cars and trucks
Hellbrunner Allee in Salzburg connects that city’s castle and old town via a straight alley lined with chestnut trees. This greenway is popular with locals and has become a tourist attraction in its own right.