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  • Connecticut rail trail usage spikes during pandemic
    Lori Riley, Hartford Courant article. In a two-hour span on a nice Sunday afternoon in mid-April, John Hankins of Mansfield rode his bike 20 miles on the Charter Oak and Hop River rail trails and passed 530 people. Hankins was counting trail users for Bike Walk Bolton, a local volunteer organization which advocates for pedestrians and […]
  • Parks as sanctuaries and refuges in times of crisis
    Public land managers and health officers are challenged and stressed to make excruciatingly difficult decisions. How do we allow people to use public lands safely right now while being cautious and prudent given the deadly situation we’re in? To Close Or Not to Close? That is the Question!  (Nina S. Roberts and Caryl Hart Bay […]

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What is this box?

counter on trail

Perhaps you've noticed a mysterious grey box with a CT Trail Census decal that has been installed along your trail. The grey electrical junction box houses a Trafx infrared (IR) pedestrian counter that is recording the number of trail users passing it. The counter can sense the temperature differential between warm bodies and the ambient air temperature. Every time a trail user passes the counter, the counter records it, enabling project staff to gauge trail use.