The Burke-Gilman Trail – a mainstay for alternative commuters, weekend warriors and families enjoying a stroll on a warm evening in King County – has been named one of the best urban bike paths in the country by USA Today newspaper.

The Burke-Gilman Trail – a mainstay for alternative commuters, weekend warriors and families enjoying a stroll on a warm evening in King County – has been named one of the best urban bike paths in the country by USA Today newspaper.

“The national media is discovering what thousands of walkers, runners, and bikers have known all along – that King County parks are a treasure, and the Burke-Gilman Trail is just one of the jewels in our system,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

USA Today noted the Burke-Gilman Trail’s plentiful access, flat terrain and tremendous views as reasons for this trail’s inclusion on a list featuring fewer than 20 trails across the nation.

King County Parks continues to invest in upgrades to the Burke-Gilman Trail and many other portions of its 175-mile regional trail system. Just last year, King County completed a public safety project to redevelop a 2.2-mile-long section of the oldest portion of the trail in the county’s jurisdiction.

Rebuilding the trail from the ground up improved trail-user safety by widening the trail to 12 feet with soft surface shoulders, improving traffic controls and intersection treatments at crossings, installing lighting and more.

Other upgrades made during the King County Parks project included a new stormwater system, retaining walls, slope stabilization, replacing a bridge over a creek, and planting native vegetation.

 

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