John Wayne Pioneer Trail Recap and 2017 State Funding Request

Riding toward the east portal of the Boylston Tunnel in the Yakima Training Center grounds. Photo by Mike Sorensen (used by permission).

Riding toward the east portal of the Boylston Tunnel in the Yakima Training Center grounds. Photo by Mike Sorensen (used by permission).

Protecting and funding the John Wayne Pioneer Trail will be one of Washington Bikes’ priorities heading into the 2017 legislative session and beyond. The threat to the trail’s public ownership that emerged at the tail end of the 2015 legislative capital budget process ironically has served to galvanize widespread public support for the trail — Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail formed not just to protect it but to promote, maintain, and develop the nation’s longest rail-trail. At their board retreat in September in South Cle Elum the Friends discussed formation of a coalition and development of a common legislative strategy that can be supported by a broad range of interests.

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