What is the Sound to Olympics Trail? Where will it go on Bainbridge?

The Sound to Olympics Trail is envisioned as a regional trail system that will connect the Bainbridge ferry terminal with the Olympic Peninsula. On Bainbridge, it will generally follow the Highway 305 right-of-way for the seven miles from the ferry terminal to Agate Pass Bridge. It is a shared-use path, meaning it is intended to be shared by people biking, walking, running, skating and pushing strollers, as well as people in wheelchairs and using other assistive devices, moving in both directions.

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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?