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Complete the National Capital Trail Network

What Is It?

  • The National Capital Trail Network is a long-distance, continuous network of low-stress, mostly off-road bicycle and pedestrian trails that will serve the entire Washington Region. The network will be over 1400 miles long when complete.   645 miles have already been built. Completing the National Capital Trail Network would fulfill one of the key aspirations of Visualize 2045.

“Visualize” the Future:

  • Access for People of All Ages and Abilities. People will be able to get on these trails and be confident that they can go as far as they like, from one end of the region to the other,  without encountering dangerous or stressful conditions.
  • Access to Opportunities. When complete, the trail would connect 136 of the region’s “Activity Centers,” where jobs, housing, and transit are concentrated.    Over 4 million people  and 2 ½ million jobs will be located within a half mile of the network.   People will be able to bike or walk to jobs, school, or entertainment.
  • Access to Nature. The trail network will provide healthy, low-stress access from cities and neighborhoods to parks and rural areas.