The Auburn-Reporter recently posted an article on the future of cycling in Auburn, WA. Situated in a North-South valley south of Seattle, Auburn actually provides many opportunities for cyclists. The terrain is basically flat around town, but has ample opportunities for reasonably challenging hills surrounding the valley for those that want to climb. The local rail service – the Sounder – allows bikes to be taken on board, making bicycles a viable option for large portions of the region. In addition, the Interurban Trail travels nearly 15 miles of the North-South corridor, providing yet more out-of-traffic travel opportunities.
With eyes fixed on the future rushing onward like a freight train — a future in which Auburn is expected to swell to a city of more than 150,000 within 50 years — Mayor Pete Lewis formed the Bicycle Task Force last March to study bike trails and routes within the city.