Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Greenways and Sustainable Tourism

UCLan's Dr Richard Weston was a guest speaker at the 6th European Greenways Award Ceremony and Workshop "Greenways and Sustainable Tourism" held in Portugal earlier this month.

Delegates from across Europe saw a series of presentations about sustainable tourism, with Dr Weston focusing on the economic impact of cycletourism in Europe. Dr Weston and his team from SSTO's Institute of Transport and Tourism are currently working on a guide to economic and other impacts of Greenways.

This EU-funded project will gather together research and previous monitoring reports into Greenways, and will provide public administrations with an overview of best pratice reference work for future use. Greenways are corridors of land recognized for their ability to connect people and places together. They can be paved or unpaved, and can be designed to accommodate a variety of trail users, including cyclists, walkers, hikers, joggers, skaters, horseback riders, and those confined to wheelchairs.

These ribbons of open space are located within linear corridors that are either natural, such as rivers and streams, or manmade, such as abandoned railroad beds and utility corridors. Most Greenways contain trails, which enhance existing recreational opportunities, provide routes for alternative transportation, and improve the overall quality of life in an area.

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