Who is the trail intended for? Won’t it mainly serve people who live off the island?

This is one of the biggest misperceptions about the trail. The answer to the first question is that it’s quite literally for everyone. We anticipate that the trail when completed will serve a very wide range of users walking and biking for a range of purposes, and that the vast majority of the users will be island residents. Examples of potential users include the following:

  • Island families out for a leisurely bike ride on the weekend
  • People who live near the trail walking their dogs
  • Bike commuters getting to and from the ferry
  • Runners looking for a long, contiguous facility separated from car traffic
  • People who like to bike 10-15 miles but prefer not to bike on roads next to cars
  • People traveling to Sakai Park, Meigs Park or Manzanita Park for some time connecting with nature
  • People traveling to the Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning
  • Elderly people looking for a safe place with a smooth surface to walk for exercise
  • People visiting the island to camp at Fay Bainbridge Park or explore the Bloedel Reserve
  • People doing a multi-day bike tour to the Olympic Peninsula

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1. Frequently Asked Questions
2. What is the Sound to Olympics Trail? Where will it go on Bainbridge?
3. Who is the trail intended for? Won’t it mainly serve people who live off the island?
4. Why does the trail have to be so wide? I’ve seen bike trails in other places that aren’t so wide, and they work just fine.
5. I’ve heard that the trail is so wide because it’s funded with grant money from the federal government. Is that correct?
6. Why would we want to build a trail next to the highway?
7. I saw what happened with the first section of the trail, and I’m worried about impacts to the trees along the highway. Won’t building the trail change the character of the highway corridor?
8. Why would the City spend money on the STO Trail when we have other more pressing needs to address safety for walking and biking on the island?
9. How can we justify spending so much money on the trail when so few people are using it?
10. Why do we need a separated trail along the highway when we already have decent shoulders along most of the highway where people can ride?