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​The focus of the Great Trails State Plan was on shared-use paths that can serve transportation purposes, providing connections between where people live, work and play. 

Shared-use paths can be designed to accommodate a variety of users, including:

  • Bicyclists
  • Walkers
  • Joggers
  • Skaters
  • Wheelchair users

Shared-use paths are also referred to as trails, greenways, multi-use paths, rail-trails and, in the case of trails along roadways, side paths. 

Combined together, individual trails make up larger networks that connect neighborhoods, parks, schools, downtowns, job centers and businesses. 

Prominent examples in North Carolina include the East Coast Greenway and the Carolina Thread Trail.

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11/16/2022 9:43 AM