Low cost exercise:
Providing a safe, accessible and flat biking and walking path will increase physical activity for a variety of age groups. Most significantly, the Rail Trail would provide a safe route for children to get to and from school. In Santa Cruz County, 25% of kids aged 5-19 are overweight- compared to a 15% average national rate. Parents report that traffic safety concerns are the leading reason that they do not allow their kids to bike or walk to school. The Rail Trail would help address these safety concerns and provide kids with opportunities to exercise more frequently.
Car-free & Stress-relief:
The Rail Trail would provide a serene, peaceful and quiet space away from our ever congested and busy streets. The Trail would provide a place to relax on a walk or bike ride with family and friends.