Trails Upgrade Plan

Enhancing safety and encouraging use of our trails!

Surveying the trail
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 Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan 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.

Map of all the seattle trails to be upgraded
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. Please be courteous and follow the instructions when using them.

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
Dec 2017 Seattle Trails Upgrade Plan


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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