How to Use Multi-Use Trails

Seattle multi-use trails link neighborhoods to business districts and create connections with recreational and natural areas within the Puget Sound region. Multi-use trails contribute to SDOT’s mission is to deliver a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation system that enhances Seattle's environment and economic vitality.

Bike for your own good!

Biking for the first, 10th, or 1,000th time? The City of Seattle is encouraging you to hop on a bike and go have some fun. Enjoy all the beautiful sights the city has to offer.

Trail Maps and Landmarks

Use our trail maps to get around as you explore some key bike trails in the city. The maps also show landmarks near or on the trails.

Plan your trip in advance by using our new interactive online bicycle map.


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

Instructions on how to use multi-use trails

People of all ages and abilities use our trails. Please be courteous and follow the instructions below when using them.

All users of trails

  • Show courtesy to other trail users at all times.
  • Use the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
  • Always pass on the left.
  • Respect the rights of property owners.
  • Keep dogs on leash (maximum length eight feet) and remove pet feces from trail.


  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Give audible warning when passing pedestrians or other bicyclists.
  • Ride at a safe speed. Slow down and form a single file in congested conditions, reduced visibility and other hazardous conditions.


  • Stay to the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
  • Watch for other trail users.
  • Be especially alert when running.
  • Listen for audible signals and allow faster trail users (runners and bicyclists) to pass safely.

See selected provisions of the Seattle Rules of the Road for more information

Local, National and International Bicycle Design Guidelines

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan guides the development of a citywide bicycling network, programs to encourage more bike riding, and activities and tools to measure our progress. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide is also a primary source for Seattle’s new bike designs. This document was created out of an extensive worldwide literature search from design guidelines and real-life experience; as well as the input of a panel of urban bikeway planning professionals from NACTO member cities, traffic engineers, planners, and academics.


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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