For the first time, the City of Fort Collins will develop a master plan for all its paved, multi-use trails.
Trails Master Plan
Paved Trail Study
Learn more about our paved trails system and how it is used by the community. Check out the Paved Trail Study presentation for the December 11 City Council Work Session.
Why do we need a plan?
For the first time, the City of Fort Collins will develop a master plan for all its paved, multi-use trails. In the 2012 Citizen Survey, city trails were rated as good or very good by 93% of this survey's responders. The Trails Master Plan will build off our success and help us plan for the future through a collaborative effort of City staff in Park Planning, Transportation Planning, Natural Areas, and the City Manager’s Office.
What will the plan accomplish?
- Research best practices and trail systems in peer communities known for their high quality trails.
- Analyze and rate the quality and condition of our existing trail system. Examine the current use of the trails using trail counters and observational and intercept surveys.
- Examine the future use of the trails utilizing demographic and development trends and data.
- Develop ideas to improve the current trail system including:
- Enhanced trail corridors for high traffic areas (similar to Enhanced Travel Corridors for roadways)
- Trail spurs and connections to commercial centers, residential areas, parks, natural areas and regional trails
- Improved safety
- High-water alternative routes
- Signage and wayfinding
- Shelters, restrooms, parking
- Identify priorities, costs, timelines and standards for new and existing trails, along with potential funding options to complete and enhance the trail system.
- Involve the community by gathering and sharing information through surveys, public events and discussions with City boards and commissions.
- Finally, gain City Council adoption of the master plan, scheduled for December 11, 2012.
How do I get involved?
Check here for periodic project updates, including an upcoming online survey, as well as future public events. To volunteer for future trail counts and surveys, email Molly North at
Summer 2012 – Data collection and outreach to public, boards, and commissions
Fall 2012 – Analysis and recommendations with additional outreach
Winter 2012 – City Council considers plan for adoption
Director of Park Planning and Development