Insights into progress, gaps on policy rides

Dianne Iverson rides an adaptive bike with her husband Paul Dutky, with several ebike riders in the background

Coalition members and public partners took to the trails during the Leafline Trails Summit to celebrate progress, understand gaps, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Interurban Trail – Algona to Pacific, connecting King and Pierce counties

Communities, leaders, and trail managers are working together to improve trail connections between King and Pierce counties. Terry Jungman (Kent) and Jean White (retired King County) led a ride from Algona to Pacific on October 15, 2021, joined by representatives from City of Algona, City of Auburn, City of Kent, City of Milton, City of Pacific, Disability Mobility Initiative, ForeverGreen Trails, Governor Jay Inslee’s office, King County Parks, Leafline Trails Coalition, Pierce County Council, Pierce County Parks, Representative Kim Schrier’s office, Senator Murray’s office, West Sound Cycling Club, and community members from around the region.

Extending the Interurban Trail is crucial to complete major north-south and east-west spines for transportation and recreation. Collaboration, partnerships, and funding will be key to close gaps.

The group discussed progress on the trail, including new trail in City of Pacific, connecting near where a bridge project and White River restoration work by City of Sumner make this future cross-county connection closer than ever. Maintenance of the Interurban Trail was a key priority expressed by this group; King County Parks shared the exciting news that the agreement with Puget Sound Energy is being finalized, which will allow improvements to the surface of the existing trail. Pierce County Parks shared about progress on the Pipeline Trail and other projects that will connect from the county line through rural, suburban, and urban communities. We also heard from City of Edgewood about work to conduct a feasibility study to close the Jovita Canyon gap.

Interurban Trail – Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, & Shoreline

Safe, multi-use trails offer opportunities for recreation, transportation, and economic development. Leaders and community members from across Snohomish County and north King County discussed closing gaps and making multimodal connections along the Interurban Trail to leverage active mobility when light rail comes to Snohomish County in 2024.

Snohomish County Transportation Coalition’s Brock Howell and Luke Distelhorst (Edmonds City Council & staff at Community Transit) led a well-attended ride, joined by representatives from around the region including: BIKES Club of Snohomish County, City of Bothell, City of Edmonds, City of Mountlake Terrace, City of Shoreline, Community Transit, Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group, King County Parks, Leafline Trails Coalition, North Seattle Neighborhood District Council, Snohomish County, Sound Transit, West Sound Cycling Club, and more. Check out photos thanks to King County Parks!

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Upcoming: Bremerton Family Bike, Walk, & Stroll on November 4

Leaders from City of Bremerton and community members will gather for a family bike, walk, and stroll on the NAD Park Trail on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 pm.

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