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Seattle Trails Upgrade Plan

Increasing safety and encouraging use of our trails!

October 22, 2015

Thanks to everyone who took our survey. We've completed our technical analysis and incorporated public input and are now seeking feedback on potential improvements and priorities. Read trail descriptions and learn about existing conditions in our Project Document section and share comments by Nov. 1, 2015.

FrankenBike and staff examine trail conditions.

Project Description

SDOT is preparing a Trails Upgrade Plan for the city’s multi-use trail network to improve the trails and encourage their use. Work includes:

  • Assessing existing trail conditions
  • Updating maintenance plan
  • Evaluating trail expansion needs
  • Updating to design guidelines and policies
  • Designing concepts for three to five locations
  • Determining prioritization at trail crossings (e.g. who goes first?)

The Seattle Trails Upgrade Plan builds from the Seattle Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans and supports safety, social equity, economic productivity, sustainability and livable communities.  Maintenance and improvement of the trails will increase the use of the network by making them safer and reducing barriers to use.

Trail map - Click to enlarge

What’s a Multi-Use Trail?

A multi-use trail allows for two-way, off-street pedestrian and bicycle use. Wheelchairs, joggers, cyclists, skaters and other non-motorized users are also welcome. These trails are frequently found in parks, along waterfronts, in greenbelts, old railroad right of way, or utility corridors where there are few conflicts with motorized vehicles.

Seattle’s multi-use trails are an essential part of the city’s transportation network. They provide convenient access to neighborhoods, parks, schools, shopping areas and employment centers for all ages and abilities. That is why it’s important to make our trails the best they can be.

Project Timeline

You’ll be seeing project team members in the field over the summer doing trail assessments, user surveys and asking for your feedback.

In early Fall 2015, SDOT will host a community workshop to get your input on draft recommendations for trail improvements and maintenance upgrades.

Major project milestones are included in the project’s timeline. Please return to the project webpage frequently for more specific dates about upcoming outreach activities.

Project Documents

July 2015 – Project summary flier

Oct 2015 Project Comment Sheet (Due Nov 1, 2015)
Oct 2015 Project Overview
Oct 2015 Trail Descriptions
Oct 2015 Existing Trail Conditions

Project Outreach




Oct 21, 2015

Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S

Open House

Oct 19, 2015

Northgate Branch Library
10548 5th Ave NE

Open House

Oct 8, 2015

City Hall, Room L280
600 4th Ave

Seattle Bike Advisory Board

Sept 11, 2015

Mountains to Sound Trail at MLK

Tabling Event

Sept 10, 2015

Melrose Connector Trail

Tabling Event

Sept 8, 2015

Duwamish River Trail at Parks Dept

Tabling Event

Sept 8, 2015

Elliot Bay Trail at Thomas St Bridge

Tabling Event

Aug 27, 2015

Chief Sealth Trail at Beacon

Tabling Event

Aug 27, 2015

John C Little Park

Tabling Event

Aug 26, 2015

Alki Trail Bath House

Tabling Event

Aug 26, 2015

Interurban Boys & Girls Club

Tabling Event

Aug 24, 2015

Ship Canal Trail at Fremont Bridge

Tabling Event

Aug 22, 2015

Gas Works Park

Tabling Event

Aug 22, 2015

Burke-Gilman Trail at 25th & Blakely

Tabling Event

Aug 22, 2015

Ballard Locks

Tabling Event

Aug 20, 2015

West Seattle Bridge Underpass

Tabling Event

Aug 19, 2015

Portside Trail at King St

Tabling Event

Aug 19, 2015

SODO Light Rail Station

Tabling Event

Aug 15, 2015

Columbia City

Heritage Festival

Aug 12, 2015

New Holly Community Center

Neighborhood Potluck

July 21, 2015

Town Hall
1119 8th Ave

Center City Bike Network Open House

Project Contact

SDOT Project Manager: Monica Dewald,, (206) 684-5374


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