Thank you for participating in this survey designed to help guide the trail planning for the town of Sturbridge. This survey should take 5-8 minutes.

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* 1. Please rate the following statements regarding trails in general (natural surface, singletrack, hiking, greenways, paved, winter, etc.).

  Strongly Agree Moderately Agree Neutral Moderately Disagree Strongly Disagree
Trails promote a healthy lifestyle and higher quality of life.
Trails are an important piece in addressing childhood obesity.
Trails allow users to connect with nature.
Trails tourism is an important tool for economical development in Sturbridge.
Trails are central to recreation.
Trails are important for transportation means.
Trails provide an important venue for learning about history and culture.
Trails provide an important venue for learning about ecology and nature.

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* 2. Which of the following outdoor recreational activities did you and/or your family participate in at least FOUR times in the last year? Please check all that apply.

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* 3. Do you use any of the trails in Sturbridge?

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* 4. If yes, how often do you use trails?

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* 5. If you do NOT use the trails in Sturbridge, why not? Choose all that apply.

Please review the following pictures of different types of trails (from all over the US). Below the pictures, we will ask you to rank the types of trails as to your desired trail experience.

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1. Bikeway

1. Bikeway

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2. Greenway/Paved Trail

2. Greenway/Paved Trail

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3. Stone-Surfaced Greenway Trail (10-12' wide)

3. Stone-Surfaced Greenway Trail (10-12' wide)

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4. Stone-Surfaced Woodland Trail

4. Stone-Surfaced Woodland Trail

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5. Narrow Natural Surface Trail

5. Narrow Natural Surface Trail

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6. Water Trails/Access to Water

6. Water Trails/Access to Water

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* 6. How highly do you value recreation on the following trails, depicted above?

  Extremely Desirable Very Desirable Moderately Desirable Slightly Desirable Not at all Desirable
Bikeway (4-8' wide shoulder on roadways)
Greenway/Paved Trail (10-12' wide)
Stone-surfaced Greenway Trail (10-12' wide)
Stone-surfaced Woodland Trail (4-6' wide)
Narrow Natural Surface Trail (2-4' wide)
Water Trails/Access to Water

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* 7. Please rank your opinion on the need of the following aspects of BIKEWAY/WALKING FACILITIES in Sturbridge (Picture 1).

  Very Positive Somewhat Positive Neutral Somewhat Negative Very Negative
Safe Bike Lanes (striped and signed)
Connected Sidewalks (used for transportation)
Car-Free Route to School (combination of trails, sidewalks, bike lanes)
Wide Street Shoulders for Bikers
Designed pedestrian/bike crossings (striped, signed, cross-walks)

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* 8. Please rank your opinion on the need of the following aspects of a GREENWAY in Sturbridge. A GREENWAY is defined as a wide trail (2 or more people side by side) that is either PAVED or STONE SURFACED and is not steep (Pictures 2 & 3).

  Very Positive Somewhat Positive Neutral Somewhat Negative Very Negative
A wide trail to safely walk side by side with friends
Non-strenuous exercise opportunity that is car-free
Easy access to interesting natural and cultural areas
Safe scenic trail along the river
Family friendly, car-free, biking opportunity

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* 9. Please rank your opinion on the need of the following aspects of a STONE SURFACED WOODLAND TRAIL and a NARROW NATURAL SURFACE TRAIL in Sturbridge. A STONE SURFACED WOODLAND TRAIL is in the woods and wide enough to walk side by side (Picture 4). A NARROW NATURAL SURFACE TRAIL is defined as a narrow trail (singletrack) that has a natural dirt surface(i.e. hiking/mountain biking trail)(Picture 5).

  Very Positive Somewhat Positive Neutral Somewhat Negative Very Negative
Access to nature
Bird/wildlife viewing
Vigorous trail-based exercise
The opportunity to test your skills (hiking, running, or biking)
An educational opportunity through signage and interpretation
An opportunity for solitude

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* 10. Please rank your opinion on the need of the following aspects of WATER TRAILS and ACCESS TO WATER in Sturbridge. WATER TRAILS are defined as a river or across a body of water such as a lake for people using kayaks, canoes, or small boats including launch and landing sites and fishing areas (Picture 6).

  Very Positive Somewhat Positive Neutral Somewhat Negative Very Negative
More and easier access to the Great Ponds of Sturbridge
Canoe and kayak access to the Quinebaug River
Riverside Parks/Gathering Areas
More fishing opportunities and fishing access along the shore of area streams

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* 11. Please rate the following statements about the vision of trails in Sturbridge.

  Strongly Agree Moderately Agree Neutral Moderately Disagree Strongly Disagree
Trails tourism in Sturbridge can have a positive economic impact to our community.
Continuous sidewalks, Bikeways/greenway/trail access, and a focus on the Quinebaug River along the Fiskdale/Rte. 20 shopping district would make Sturbridge a more liveable community.
Sturbridge could be a regional destination for trail-based outdoor recreation.
A new Sturbridge trail system could draw visitors from both MA and CT.
Sturbridge has enough safe and accessible walking and biking opportunities.
Sturbridge needs a plan to bring in more tourists and highlight the area's natural resources.
Car-free access/safe bike access (i.e. sidewalks, lighted crosswalks) to Burgess Elementary School would lead to many more children walking or biking to school
Car-free access/safe bike access (i.e. wide, striped road shoulder, lighted crosswalks) to Tantasqua Regional High School would lead to many more children walking or biking to school.

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* 12. Would you be willing to pay for improved trail facilities? Select all that apply.

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* 13. How fast do you want to fund/build trails?

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* 14. How important is it to have a trail to provide connection from your home to the trail network?

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* 15. Would you be willing to volunteer to improve the trail facilities in Sturbridge?

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* 17. Please best describe yourself/your household?

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* 18. Which of the following age groups live in your household? Select all that apply.

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* 19. OPTIONAL
Please provide your name, email and/or phone number if you would like to volunteer for our trail program or be informed in the Sturbridge Trail Master Plan process.

Thank you for your time.

Kay-Linn Enterprises is working with the Town's Trails Committee on a recreational trails master plan for Sturbridge. Please contact Scott Linnenburger via email (slinnenburger@gmail.com) with any questions or additional comments.

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