Tuesday, June 14, 2022

900 Miles Of Trails: Washington Leafline Plan

Mercer Island sits in the middle of the Leafline trail network, which the state aims to one day connect more than 900 miles of trail across four counties: King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap.  More than 500 miles of trails are already completed. 

Multiple studies have quantified the benefits of regional trail investments in the state:

  •  Active transportation provides more jobs per dollar than any other type of transportation;
  • Trails in Washington provide $5.9 billion in environmental benefits per year;
  • Trails cost less to maintain than roads and cause less air and noise pollution;
  • Improving access to trails could help close the health gap in Washington.