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News from the Census

  • Symposium Summary and Monthly Update
    Click this link to view the CTC monthly newsletter for program updates and an overview of the 2nd Annual CT Trails Symposium held on October 19th. As mentioned, the slides from our presentation that day can be viewed here!    
  • Learn About Economic Impacts of Trails
    Interested in learning more about economic impacts of multi-use trails?  Check out the resources here compiled here:

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Participating Trails Map

trail census site map 3-2017

Multi Use Trail Resources


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.

Resources for Intercept Surveys

Sites should conduct 8 hours of surveying (two weekend hours and two weekday hours May 13-21, 2017 and Sept 16-24, 2017). Intercepts can be conducted based on trail highest use times.  Recommended times: 5-7 pm Tues/Wed/Thurs, 12-2 pm Saturdays. Download the slides presented at face to face trainings,  the Intercept Survey, or the  SPANISH SurveyHow to Check the Intercept Survey for Completeness 

Calibrating Your Counter with Manual Counts

The infrared sensors/counters used in the Census are calibrated by comparing the sensor counts to on the ground counts on the trail.  Five, two hour counts should be conducted before the end of 2017. Watch this webinar about how to conduct calibration counts or view this calibration information sheet and download the counter form here.