Road Runners Club of America

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Community Infrastructure Criteria

A Runner Friendly Community should be able to prove is has an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment.
  • A Runner Friendly Community is pedestrian friendly, because there is a clear network of sidewalks, multi-use trails, paths, share lanes, etc. (pedestrian networks) designated for pedestrians with minimal road crossings and vehicle traffic control at intersections (stop signs as opposed to yields, clearly marked cross walks, etc).
  • The pedestrian networks should allow a person to complete 3-10 miles of distance, either continuously in one direction or through a loop course, before the network completely ends.  This may include a mix of trails, sidewalks, and share lanes that interconnect and that a person can use before having no other alternative than to run on a road.
  • A Runner Friendly Community would also ideally have a running track that is maintained, well lit, and open to the public for as many hours as possible.
  • Additional community infrastructure would ideally include: water fountains along a trail or pedestrian network, bathrooms (porta-johns), and available parking near a trail or path system; trails/paths maintained year round with snow removal in winter; and emergency phones on pedestrian networks and pedestrian networks well lit after dark.

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