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BallstonVeteransTrailUsersbyZipCode

Ballston Veterans Trail


The Ballston Veterans Trail (BVT) is a 3 mile long multiuse path that runs
alongside an active rail line. It begins at Main Street in Ballston Lake
between NYS Route 50 and Schauber Road and stretches north into the
TownofBallstonatOutletRoad.Thereavarietyoflandusesalongthetrail,
fromretailtosuburbanresidentialtofarmlandandopenspace.

Volunteerscollected11trailusersurveysand8onlinesurveyrespondents
reported using the BVT. A total of 40 surveys were mailed to adjacent
residentialpropertyownersand10werereturned.Thetrailattractedusers
from13differentzipcodeswiththehighestnumberofuserscomingfrom
theBurntHillsandBallstonlakeareas.

Trailcountsrecordedmoremalethanfemaletrailusersbutmorefemales
completed the trail user survey on the trail. The count data showed
differentmodesplitsateachendofthetrail.ThetrailheadatOutletRoad
inBallstonhadmorebicyclistsandthetrailheadatMainStreetinBallston
Lake had significantly more pedestrians. The ontrail user survey and
adjacentresidentialpropertyownersurveysummariescanbefoundonthe
nextpages.

BallstonVeteransTrailinBallstonLake
Trail User Survey Summary
Gender
Male 5 45.5% Abouthowmanytimeshaveyouusedthetrailduringthepast
Female 6 54.5% twelvemonths?
Skipped 0 0.0%
Lessthan5days 3 27.3%
Age
510days 0 0.0%
Under16 0 0.0%
1124days 2 18.2%
1624 2 18.2%
2549days 2 18.2%
2544 0 0.0%
50100days 1 9.1%
4564 4 36.4%
Morethan100days 3 27.3%
65orover 5 45.5%
Noanswer 0 0.0%
Skipped 0 0.0%
Aretheresectionsofthetrailthatyouavoidduetopoortrail
Howdidyougettothetrailtoday?
conditionsorgeneralconcernsabouttrailmaintenance?
Drove 8 72.7%
Yes 0 0.0%
Bicycle 0 0.0%
No 11 100.0%
Walk/Run 3 27.3%
Isyourvisittothistrailpartofanovernighttripawayfrom
Other 0 0.0%
home?
Skipped 0 0.0%
Whatactivitydidyouengageinwhileonthetrailtoday? Yes 0 0.0%
No 11 100.0%
Walking 5 45.5%
Howwouldyourateyourcurrenthealthstatus
Running/Jogging 4 36.4%
Bicycling 2 18.2% Excellent 4 36.4%
InlineSkating 0 0.0% VeryGood 6 54.5%
Other 0 0.0% Good 1 9.1%
Whatisyourprimarypurposeforusingthistrail? Fair 0 0.0%
Poor 0 0.0%
Recreation 4 36.4%
Health/Exercise 10 90.9%
Commutetoschool/work 0 0.0%
Other 0 0.0%
Adjacent Residential Survey Summary
Whichofthefollowingmostaccuratelydescribeshowyouuse
yourpropertyneartheTrail? Whatistheapproximatecurrentvalueofyourproperty?
Itismyprimaryresidence 9 90.0% Lessthan$99,999 0 0.0%
$100,000199,999 1 10.0%
Irenttoatenant,anddo
notoccupytheresidence 0 0.0% $200,000299,999 2 20.0%
Itismysecondhome 0 0.0% $300,000399,999 3 30.0%
Itisunoccupied 0 0.0% $400,000$499,999 1 10.0%
Other 1 10.0% $500,000ormore 0 0.0%
Whereisthetrailinrelationtoyourpropertyline? Noanswer 3 30.0%
Thetrailrunsthroughmy Howwouldyoudescribethesettingofyourhousenearthe
property 0 0.0% trail?
thetrailrunsalongtheedge Urban 0 0.0%
ofmyproperty 6 60.0% Suburban 3 30.0%
Thetrailisnearmyproperty Rural 7 70.0%
butnottouchingit 4 40.0% Whendidyouacquireyourhouse?
Don'tknow 0 0.0% Afterthetrailwasbuilt 2 20.0%
Approximatelyhowfar(infeet)istherailtrailfromyourhouse? BeforetheTrailwasbuilt 8 80.0%
Lessthan100ft. 2 20.0% Compareyourinitialreactiontotheideaoflivingnearthetrail
100ft.to199ft. 1 10.0% tohowyoufeelaboutlivingnearthetrailtoday.Wouldyousay
200ft.to499ft. 4 40.0% thatlivingnearthetrailisbetterorworsethanyouexpectedit
tobe?
500ft.ormore 3 30.0%
Approximatelyhowlargeisyourproperty? Muchbetter 0 0.0%
Better 4 40.0%
Lessthan1/2acre 0 0.0%
Same 4 40.0%
Between1/2and1acre 3 30.0%
Worse 2 20.0%
Between1and3acres 5 50.0%
Muchworse 0 0.0%
3acresormore 2 20.0%
Doyoufeelthetrailposesarisktoyourownoryourfamily's
safetyduetotheactivitiesoftrailusers?
Yes 1 10.0%
No 9 90.0%
Noopinion 0 0.0%
Ifyouweretotryandsellyourproperty,doyouthinkbeing
nearthetrailwillmakeitharderoreasiertosell?
Doyoufeelyourproximitytothetrailhasimprovedyour
Mucheasier 0 0.0% physicalactivitylevels?
Easier 2 20.0% Yes 5 50.0%
Same 8 80.0% No 3 30.0%
Harder 0 0.0% Notsure 1 10.0%
Muchharder 0 0.0% Noanswer 1 10.0%
Howdoyouthinkbeinglocatednearthetrailhasaffectedthe Doyoufeelthatthedevelopmentandmanagementoftrailisa
resalevalueofthisproperty? gooduseofpublicfunds?
Loweredtheresalevalue 0 0.0% Yes 7 70.0%
Increasedtheresalevalue 2 20.0% No 0 0.0%
Noeffectontheresale Noopinion 2 20.0%
value 3 30.0% Noanswer 1 10.0%
Noopinion 5 50.0% Howoftendothemembersofyourhouseholdusethetrail?
Overall,howsatisfiedareyouwithhavingthetrailasa Daily 0 0.0%
neighbor? Frequently 2 20.0%
Verysatisfied 2 20.0% Occasionally 3 30.0%
Satisfied 4 40.0% Rarely 2 20.0%
Indifferent 3 30.0% Never 1 10.0%
Unsatisfied 1 10.0% Noanswer 2 20.0%
Veryunsatisfied 0 0.0%
Howdoyoufeelthetrailhasaffectedthequalityofyour
neighborhood?
Highlyimproved 2 20.0%
Improved 5 50.0%
Noimpact 2 20.0%
Worsened 1 10.0%
Completelydeteriorated 0 0.0%
Onascaleof15,towhatextentdoyoufeelthefollowingitemsareproblemsontheBallstonVeteransTrail?

1 2 3 4 5
Notaproblem Noopinion Majorproblem

parkingand/oraccess

Lackofservices(restrooms,
etc.)

Personalsafety(crime)

Directionalsignage

Dangerousroadintersections

Litter,glass&debris

Petsoffleashes/animalwaste

Trailwidth

Trailsurfaceconditions

Behavioroftrailusers

Conflictswithothertrail
activities

Toocrowded

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