A new trail in Bellevue may only be a third of a mile, but folks are pretty excited about it. The Factoria Trail connects the Mountains to Sound I-90 Trail to the Factoria shopping area just east of I-405.
Here’s an enthusiastic video from the City of Bellevue:
Gene from Biking Bis went to check the new trail out. Here’s his review:
On the north side, the bike path’s connection with the I-90 trail is well marked with way-finding signs. A kiosk at the nearby corner with Factoria Boulevard will display maps about biking and walking in the area.
Bicyclists (or pedestrians) from the south side of Bellevue can pick up the trail from 124th Avenue SE, which has bike lanes part of the way, and connect to the I-90 bike trail without hassling with all the traffic on Factoria Boulevard.
The total cost of the project was $1.4 million, which includes a gathering spot with benches at Factoria Boulevard, the kiosk, signs and some other improvements.
Franz Loewenherz, senior transportation planner for the city, said they were able to bundle a $354,000 federal grant and $605,000 state grant to help pay for the trail.
It’s great to see the City of Bellevue getting excited about a new trail project. Bellevue has a lot of asphalt to work with, and it could be a real leader in livable cities innovation for cities outside the main region center. But they have to get serious and put some real money and space on the line to make that happen.
Downtown Bellevue could install separated bike lanes through its downtown, for example. Not only would that make headlines around the country and lead to a huge increase in healthy bicycle travel and commuting, but it would be pretty embarrassing to Seattle if Bellevue did it first…
UPDATE: Here’s a map of the new trail (the solid green line going south from the I-90 Trail):