During 2016, approximately 250 Trail users were surveyed in the vicinity of the Bike and Bean Cafe in Upper Tantallon. Based on the survey results, most people use the trail for pedestrian activities (walking, running, hiking, cross-country skiing) and cycling. Cycling visits in 2016 increased by about 15% over 2015.
The average user is on the trail about 3 – 4 times a month although more than 10% say they are on the Trail more than 180 times a year!
Users rated the condition of the Trail at 7.6 on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent). Surveys done in November-December, 2016 gave the Trail a rating of 7.9. This reflects the trail resurfacing and bridge deck repair work done in the 2016 renewal program.
While almost half of Trail users come from the Hubley to Hubbards area, about 30% are from Halifax, Dartmouth or Bedford. Users came from a total of 35 different postal codes.
As part of the Rum Runners Survey, a counter was placed in the Trail near the Bike and Bean from July 1 – October 31. User visits at that location during that period were estimated to be approximately 53,000. We conclude that in 2016, there were approximately 80,000 trail user visits in that area.
We hope to conduct more on-trail surveys during 2017. Survey forms are also available at the Bike and Bean Cafe and we encourage Trail users to complete them. We value your feedback!