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This page provides an overview of second priority topics.  Live links in the text take one directly to the topic.

Secondary Information about trails overview


If the first part of the Guidelines provides information that is considered minimal and mandatory, then it follows that this second part of the Guidelines proposes information that is considered additional and discretionary, and which can be assimilated when opportunity and budget allow.  The categories include:


Keeping information current and indicating to the prospective user when that information was last updated.  Get help to keep information current by taking advantage of user feedback through devices such as blogs and wikis. 


The use of site photos and other illustrations that can augment descriptive text and give the prospective trail user a better sense of what may be experienced.


The creation of trail maps, both for online use and for possible printing or for posting at trailheads.  The development of interactive or enhanced maps may add to the map experience by providing features such as aerial photos, street views and other features that may help better to understand basic map information.  Those features may be contributed live by trail users.


The incorporation of global positioning system [GPS] data to locate specific points along the trail or at the recreational facility.  The inclusion of markers, such as distance markers, both located on printed and web materials as well as along the trail itself, so that users that have limitations - such as knowing how far an electric wheelchair can travel on one charge - may plan better and monitor their progress.


Considerations about how people who are blind or visually impaired benefit from certain types of information.  That topic leads logically to issues of signage and wayfinding, which although important for all users, is particularly of concern to those who have visual impairments.


Considerations about how Operational and maintenance issues can impact the quality and usability of a trail.  And finally some general Reminders about how to consider one’s role in this process.

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