Sustainable Trail Design and Planning

Planet Zero Gravity has a certification in sustainable trail planning, design and construction. We use drones and GIS software to help people better visualize planned and existing trails and mountain bike parks.

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Design Better Trails and Bike Parks

Building a successful trail network or bike park takes lots of planning, and lots of support. Many different stakeholders should be involved in the entire trail planning process.

When it comes to mountain biking, well-designed singletrack trails can have flow, features and obstacles. What makes them fun to ride often does not have much in common with what a hiker or runner may enjoy. Planning and designing them takes creativity and knowing what makes a great trail. Make sure to hire a trailbuilder that is experienced with the specific type of trail you want.

Planet Zero Gravity can provide support for your project in several ways

Aerial Photography of Project Area

Whether you are looking to show stakeholders a new parcel of land to build a trail network, need a detailed contour map to reroute a difficult section of trail, or want a 3D surface model so your bike park builder knows what terrain they have to work with, aerial photography and photogrammetry can provide the detail you need.

Conceptual Trail Design Plans

Our Conceptual Trail Design Plans begin with a discussion of your vision and objectives. We gather background information and ask for any related documents, maps, and comments from the community to help us get a better understanding of your project. Our conceptual design plans will have site specific information that you can take to your preferred builder for construction. Here are the important items these plans can include:

  • GIS and aerial maps
  • Desired project outcomes and user experience
  • Feasibility analysis of area
  • Real estate ownership
  • Permitting requirements
  • List of project stakeholders
  • Access to area and parking
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Current assets in project area
  • Recommended best practices
  • Proposed trail routing
  • Estimated costs
  • Next steps

GIS Mapping and Analysis

Need a skilled GIS professional? We can help plan an existing trail network, look at trail grade to uncover potential future problems, or create new trail maps.

Drone Survey of Existing Bike Park

Do you have an existing bike park? Are there certain features that riders prefer? Others that don’t get the use? Let us drone map and produce a 3D model of your park so you can take measurements to see what is working and what may need modification. This is a great tool to collaborate with riders or even other park designers to make sure you are providing the best experience at your facility.

We at Planet Zero Gravity are avid riders and also compete in mountain bike races. Some say building trails is like creating artwork. We believe that to be true! At Planet Zero Gravity, we love the outdoors and know what makes a great trail.