September 28, 2023
FGT announces fall conference that brings together trail users, supporters, advocates, designers, and builders in our region. Each year we bring speakers to share best practices and emerging trends in issues around trails for active recreation and mobility. This year's program includes:
- 4:00 A pre-conference walk or bike ride
Enjoy a self-guided walk around the park, or alternately
Ride TO the event from the University of Puget Sound (details TBA)
- 4:30 Check-in & Networking
Environmental. Services. Bldg. @ Chambers Creek Regional Park
- 5:00 Dinner served/take seats
- 5:20 Welcome: Roxanne Miles, Pierce County Parks/FGT President
- 5:40 Panel Discussion: "Connecting Paths, Partnerships & People"
Katherine Hollis, Eastrail Partners
Dave Rogers, MIG/Puget Sound to Pacific Collaborative
Claire Martini, Leafline Trails Coalition
- 6:30 Trail Project Updates — Larry Leveen, FGT Executive Director
- 7:00 Trail Awards — Larry Leveen, FGT Executive Director
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Cycling is not only a popular form of transportation, but also a fully professional sport in itself.
Every day millions of people participate in cycling. The number of bicycles sold in the United States in 2021 is around 51 million.
Number of bicycling participants in the United States from 2010 to 2021 (millions)
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At its Feb. 28 council meeting the Tacoma City Council approved an agreement to sell part of its Tacoma Rail line!
This leaves the future of a Tacoma to Mount Rainier trail outside of city control.
The Mountain Division line is operated by Tacoma Rail, a public utility that is owned by the City of Tacoma.
Tacoma Rail has 65 customers on 136 miles of track in three operating divisions, one being the Mountain Division. Rainier Rail, a short-line railroad operating in southwestern Washington, purchased the Mountain Division line for $2.21 million.
The Mountain Division extends from Tacoma through Frederickson, where it splits with one line from Eatonville to Morton, and another to McKenna. The Mountain Division contains a part of the Pierce County planned trail system from Tacoma to Mount Rainier.
> Read more (PDF) The News Tribune
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Connecting Trails, Connecting Communities
The Leafline Trails Coalition is working to create an interconnected network of shared use trails across the Central Puget Sound region to improve health, community, quality of life, mobility, and access for all.
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