Good Roads 2.0: An Analysis of the Impacts of Rail-Trail Organizations on Strategic Planning, Community-Building and Economic Revitalization

dc.contributor.authorMihell, Natasha
dc.contributor.supervisorSpeers, Kimberly
dc.date.accessioned2023-09-13T19:54:36Z
dc.date.available2023-09-13T19:54:36Z
dc.date.copyright2023en_US
dc.date.issued2023-09-13
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Public Administrationen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Public Administration M.P.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractFriends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island (“FORT-VI”) seeks to develop a 224km rail-trail corridor from Victoria, British Columbia (“BC”) to Courtenay, BC, with an additional spur from Parksville to Port Alberni. To advance and manage this goal, FORT-VI asked for a comparative analysis of five different rail-trail initiatives that outlines the potential and likely impact, challenges or barriers that stand in the way of developing a rail-trail corridor, and smart practices or successes of similar projects around the world. Influenced by Bryson’s (2018) strategic change cycle, this paper identifies potential outcomes of rail-trails initiatives across multiple policy areas that include: health, recreation and ecological economics; and land use, reconciliation and governance. The analysis demonstrates that, while FORT-VI’s initiative may be suspended indefinitely due to external influences, there is much information to be gleaned about the value of rail-trails across all policy areas, which can assist FORT-VI in its continued advocacy for a rail-trail on Vancouver Island. Not only can this information support the development of rail-trails like FORT-VI’s Island Rail Corridor, but it can also benefit other areas that are looking to develop rail-trails. Lastly, it can assist various associated actors, such as First Nations in the Vancouver Island area, who may be interested in supporting a rails-trails initiative or learning more about such initiatives in general.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/15377
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectrails to trailsen_US
dc.subjectecological economicsen_US
dc.subjectFriends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Islanden_US
dc.subjectstrategic planningen_US
dc.subjectGood Roadsen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental movementsen_US
dc.titleGood Roads 2.0: An Analysis of the Impacts of Rail-Trail Organizations on Strategic Planning, Community-Building and Economic Revitalizationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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