Mixed Motorized Trails - Low Speed

Mixed Motorized trails host low impact modes of transportation that is both human-powered and motorized, including pedestrians, bicycles, personal mobility devices and low speed electric vehicles. Note this does not include all-terrain, off-highway vehicles (OHVs)

Benefits & Problems Addressed

Accommodating hybrid motorized/non-motorized modes: With technology more non-motorized modes (bikes, skateboards) are hitting the streets and trails.  Mixed motorized trails recognize and balance their use.  Some communities like Singapore are instituting Codes of Conduct for travelers on different modes as well as speed limits.

Creating hierarchy of users based on speed: These paths institute design and management for travelers at various speeds:  slow/medium walkers, slow/fast runners, slow/fast cyclists, travelers on personal mobility devices, low speed vehicles.

Connectivity: Mixed motorized trails can add connections o increase network connectivity where new roads are infeasible.

Tips & Techniques

Plan for various users:  While most trails are designed for recreational users, smart trails can attract commuters, tourists and deliveries. In addition, plan to include commuters and emergency services. 

Design for safety: Designs may appoint a separate path for pedestrians, while bikes and motorized options would share a path. 

Smart trail technology: Consider pre-planning for autonomous vehicles and shuttles.  Also include advanced security features (geo-location, smart lighting, digital wayfinding, communications).  Plan from amenities like electric charging, 

Hot Buttons:  Some active transportation users may object to vehicles on trails. Unlike traditional infrastructure, local and regional jurisdictions may not immediately see roles and responsibilities for enforcement, maintenance and emergencies.