What about public and private liability?
Public liability risks from trails are small relative to other public services like roads, playgrounds, and swimming pools. By taking safety concerns into account when designing and maintaining the trail, risks can be lowered. With respect to liability risks to trail neighbors, private landowners are protected by recreational-use statutes in Ohio. Under these statutes, a landowner who does not charge a trail access fee will not be held liable for injuries sustained on his/her property unless an injured person can prove "willful and wanton misconduct on the part of the landowner."

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1. Do hike and bike trails attract crime and vandalism to neighborhoods?
2. How can trails be made as safe as possible?
3. How do trails affect property values?
4. What about public and private liability?
5. Who will pick up the litter?
6. Where will the money come from?
7. What about parking?
8. Will a trail cause damage to local wildlife?