The Duluth Area Trails Alliance is a group of people dedicated to conserving open green corridors for trail use, developing and maintaining sustainable trails to promote healthy recreational opportunities and encouraging citizens and visitors to explore the natural world right out their back doors.
The mission of the Duluth Area Trails Alliance (DATA) is to:
Advocate for, promote, develop and maintain sustainable trail connections and human powered transportation routes in Duluth and the Lake Superior Region to provide healthy and inexpensive recreational and transportation opportunities for all seasons.
DATA’s Goals and Objectives are:
1. Protect trail corridors and undeveloped connections between neighborhoods and communities.
a. Work with local units of government to advocate for the conservation of undeveloped corridors to ensure that connections between neighborhoods and communities are maintained.
b. Advocate for a Comprehensive Duluth Trails Plan that identifies existing and potential trail corridors to be preserved for public trail use.
i. Advocate for public policy (ordinances, resolutions, etc) that requires developers to preserve undeveloped corridors for trail development.
c. Support and facilitate local and regional trails planning.
i. Advocate for a Regional Trails Plan that would ensure trail corridors linking communities in the Arrowhead and Twin Ports region.
d. Promote cooperation with land owners and developers to preserve access for non-motorized trails on private lands.
2. Develop, maintain and sustain a network of trails in Duluth and regionwide, connecting people and communities by building new trails and linking existing ones.
a. Develop a membership based non-profit organization to support the Duluth Area Trail Alliance’s goals and objectives and trail development and maintenance.
i. Develop a base of trail advocates and volunteers who actively work on the physical improvement of trail systems through trail construction, signage, and maintenance operations.
b. Work with trail professionals to plan, design and construct trails and trail connections.
3. Advocate for the development of a non-motorized transportation system in the Duluth area to encourage alternative forms of transportation and commuting
a. Develop a clear vision and strategic plan for bike and pedestrian transportation in Duluth.
b. Encourage the use of trails for transportation and commuting by connecting neighborhoods and areas of commerce with trail networks.
c. Support commuting and non-motorized transportation in the Duluth area by advocating for the creation of on street bike lanes and signage.
c. Work with other trail advocacy groups and local units of government to encourage the development of off-road trails and bike lanes for transportation and commuting.
d. Help to make walking and bicycling a part of Duluth area citizens every day activity by making trails and bike routes accessible to people and encouraging them to use these routes for everyday activities like going to the grocery store, shopping, going to work or school or participating in events.
4. Develop and promote trail use and local recreation opportunities for health benefits.
a. Develop a trails database and map of existing trails to help people find nearby trail opportunities and encourage trail use for recreation, education and exercise. Serve as a trail information resource.
b. Develop trail connections close to where people live to allow access to trails from their neighborhood without the need to drive.
i. Develop off-road or off-street trail access within 10 minutes walk of every household in Duluth.
ii. Connect major trails, recreation areas and neighborhoods to schools to encourage young people to use the trails for exercise, education and commuting.
iii. Develop, identify on the ground through signing and painting, and map walking routes in every neighborhood in Duluth that would include off-street trails, sidewalks and other pathways.
c. Promote and plan events and recreation opportunities throughout the Arrowhead and Twin Ports region encouraging people to exercise and utilize local recreation facilities in all seasons.
d. Help develop a physician prescription program for Duluth area hospitals encouraging people to use local trails to improve their health.
5. Serve as advocate for other organizations to help them develop their sustainable trail proposals.
a. Work in consultation with other sustainable trail groups and organizations and local government units to implement trail proposals.
i. Help coordinate planning and development of sustainable trails in the Duluth area.
b. Assist public agencies and non-motorized trail organizations in acquiring trail easements and authorizations.
c. Foster cooperation and communication among trail user groups.
d. Serve as a trails policy advocate for local and state agencies.
6. Increase public support for and awareness of sustainable trails.
a. Assist with coordination of trail watch groups in the Duluth area.
b. Promote sustainable trails locally and outside the are at events and conferences.
c. Promote sustainable trails and healthy recreation opportunities publicly whenever possible including in the media, at educational facilities, and health facilities.
7. Expand the effectiveness and influence of the Duluth Area Trails Alliance.
8. Obtain funding for the Duluth Area Trails Alliance’s operations in support of sustainable trail advocacy, development, planning, maintenance and other outreach purposes.