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TRAILBLAZER: A Data-Driven Trail Condition Assessment Methodology

Project #: 4w9231
Start Date: 06/01/2022
End Date: 03/01/2025
Status: Completed

The National Park Service (NPS) is piloting an innovative trail condition assessment and mapping methodology.
Using electric bicycles (eBikes) equipped with a camera and sensor system, the ‘Trailblazer’ eBikes efficiently collect high-quality, objective trail condition data. The system captures photographic, accelerometer and annotative data, which is mapped and organized in a geodatabase, and used to inform trail maintenance and management decisions.
Beyond NPS trails, the Trailblazer eBikes present a cost-effective and easily transferable methodology for other federal, state and local organizations to assess the condition of their trail networks.