Our region is well-known for our complex transportation systems for cars, trains, and Metro Rail, but what about our biking and walking infrastructure?
What if there was a superhighway system for bicyclists and walkers, where you could start on one side of the region and end up on the other side of the region, without having to mix with drivers?
Shouldn’t we think as big about bike infrastructure as we do about massive interstate systems for motorized vehicles?
The answer is YES. That’s exactly why WABA and the Capital Trails Coalition are proud to announce a new vision for transportation in the region. We’re working to complete the region’s paved trail network, and today, we’re launching a map that articulates our bold vision for trails in the DC region.
Currently, the region has 436 miles of existing trails, with 302 miles of planned trails to go. The planned trails will close gaps in the regional trail network and connect smaller trails to high-capacity and well-loved trails, like the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, and Anacostia River Trail.
With the support of REI, WABA has spent the past three years building and managing the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration between public agencies, nonprofit organizations, business improvement districts and other groups. The Coalition is working toward a world-class trail network that prioritizes connectivity for people who walk and bike.
But the completion of this trail network is not going to magically happen. We need everyone—whether you commute via trail everyday or live far from a trail but wish you had one nearby—to speak up for this network and help us get it done.
We know that people in the DC region love trails and want more of them. From Arlington County to Prince George’s County, “more trails!” is the rallying cry from nearly every survey on public amenities.
That’s why we need your voice. We need to cultivate widespread consensus that this trail network is a regional priority!
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