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Off-Street Trails Enhance Quality of Life

Post Date:11/03/2019

Off-Street Trails Enhance Quality of Life

With nearly 90 miles of paved, off-street trails, the City of Santa Clarita offers residents and visitors amenities that are unparalleled in the region. Building infrastructure that enhances the quality of life is a priority for our City Council and the robust trail system provides numerous benefits for all members of our community.

The first thing you may think about when you see a trailhead – whether it is the Iron Horse Trailhead in Valencia, the Camp Plenty Road Trailhead in Canyon Country or any of the other four in the City – is getting active. Any time of day, you will encounter cyclists, runners and rollerbladers getting in a workout or training for their next challenge.

Why off-street trails? It can be discouraging for people to get out and exercise if they have to do so near the threat of traffic, or if they have to travel far from home to get started. By designing our trails away from streets and protecting those portions adjacent to roads with landscaping and other barriers, the City has created an attractive amenity that also promotes safety.

Thanks to wayfinding signs, it is easy to navigate the trails and discover new places you haven’t visited before. With emergency location signs posted throughout our trails, residents can take comfort knowing that first responders will know exactly where they are should an emergency occur.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to use the trail system in Santa Clarita, you may not know that it extends to virtually every corner of our City. No matter where you live, you are at most a short drive away from being able to explore a new perspective on your hometown.

You can also rent one of the dozens of Pace bikes in the City for a leisurely ride through Santa Clarita. You can get more information on how to rent a Pace bike and get started with an account at ridepace.com.

Being away from the sights and sounds of streets allows residents to appreciate the natural beauty of Santa Clarita. This is just one reason why the Santa Clarita Marathon, which is taking place this weekend, takes runners through our picturesque trails and paseos.

One of the most important benefits and the original intention behind created an off-street trail system is that our trails keep our communities connected. Prior to becoming a City in 1987, Santa Clarita was comprised of the four distinct communities of Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus and Valencia.

The trail system extends from one end of our City to the other and has major destinations along the way to help residents get from point A to point B. These include the Westfield Valencia Town Center, Metrolink stations, Old Town Newhall and Central Park.

Having a series of interconnected trails and paseos improves the walkability of Santa Clarita and gives residents an additional way to get where they want to go. Neighborhoods are connected to parks, parents can walk their children to school and local shopping centers can be accessed with ease.

The next time you have the chance, I invite you and your family to pick one of our off-street trails and see where the path takes you!

Ken Striplin is the Santa Clarita City Manager and can be reached at kstriplin@santa-clarita.com.

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