fresh air

Fresh ideas

Just a few of the reasons people hope to build Greenway

I believe Trail Only is the best choice for Santa Cruz.
— Gary Griggs, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UCSC
The Greenway will connect our communities and give people who live and work in Watsonville and Santa Cruz safe, fun, and healthy ways to exercise and commute.
— Jacob Martinez, Watsonville, CA
I would love to be able to ride my bike with my kids and not worry about getting hit by a car. Santa Cruz is awful for biking because the bike lanes are too small.
— Miranda Myhre, Soquel, CA

I want safer bicycle infrastructure for my two kids, husband and myself. My husband rides a bicycle to work and the stretch from Capitola to Midtown is incredibly unsafe. My two children have to ride on sidewalks to get to school as well as the beach. This town needs major improvement on their safe routes.
— Loryn Vyvyan, Santa Cruz, CA

think differently

think safety

I truly believe this would be a tremendous gift to our county. Giving people an alternative to the highway to travel to work and giving families and tourists a fun and healthy way to explore our beautiful county. Let’s make this happen!
— April Hernandez, Watsonville, CA
A walking and bicycle trail connecting the communities of South County to North County sounds SO amazing! Pedestrian and bicycle friendly and so much safer and more affordable than a trail with a train running along side it!
— Kym DeWitt, Capitola, CA
The Trail-Only scenario is best for the residents of Capitola as reflected in the Vision Capitola report.
— Sam Storey, Capitola, CA
I would love to ride to and from work downtown to Soquel without almost being killed daily by distracted drivers.
— Gregory Dolder, Soquel, CA
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and have perfect weather; why can’t we access all of this by bike? Also, there are almost zero ways for community members to exercise in a fun and easy to access manner.
— Cari Moore, Watsonville, CA
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Fast for all

Santa Cruz needs this! Let us be the example of the future!
— Sarai Jimenez, Watsonville, CA
I’m signing because I think this is going to help alleviate traffic, be an eco-choice, and it’s going to bring our county together.
— Tiffany Smith, Santa Cruz, CA
It’s a great idea. The train tracks attract crime. If we fix it up we can improve the city.
— Jesse Williams, Capitola, CA
Biking is a healthy and non-congesting alternative to the already bloated automobile traffic Santa Cruz already has to deal with on a daily basis.
— Greg Montoya, Santa Cruz, CA
I would love to have safe bike and pedestrian access from Aptos to other parts of Santa Cruz county for myself and my family!
— Sharon Kluger, Aptos, CA
A bike path will make my commute much safer. I don’t know anyone personally that is interested in a train commute from Watsonville to Santa Cruz.
— Joseph Salgado, Watsonville, CA

good mornings

good afternoons

I believe a train is wasteful spending and not necessary for our community.
The money is better spent on the trail-only approach.
A trail-only approach is consistent with the culture and values of Santa Cruz.
— Justin McNabb, Santa Cruz, CA
This would really help our community by allowing us to bike around rather than sit in our cars in traffic!
— Dianthe Harris, Boulder Creek, CA
This would be one of the finest trails in the country.
— Keith Trainor
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz needs this. The rail trail is the perfect solution for safer bicycling and avoiding Highway 1 traffic to get between south, east, and west sides.
— Kevin Karwick, Aptos, CA

think weekends

Michael Coghlan from Adelaide, Australia

think future

This trail is less than a mile from me and would provide amazing access to my local trails and a great way to
get across town
— James Lapides, Santa Cruz, CA
I live in Santa Cruz and would use this trail often!
— Caitlin McCarrick, Santa Cruz, CA
I am a family doctor and strongly support this as a means of better safety and health for my patients,
family, and community.
— Wendy Sickels, Ben Lomond, CA
We need a safe bike commute option in Santa Cruz!
— Patrick Golliher, Santa Cruz, CA


the Santa Cruz way

I rode my bike for a living for a long time and rode in major cycling-friendly cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and even Oakland. I moved back home to Santa Cruz and was shocked at how horrible the cycling infrastructure is. For such a “progressive” city, Santa Cruz seems to have no clue as to how to make safe ways for cyclists to get around town. I often find myself riding in a bike lane that suddenly disappears with no warning and I am thrown into a car traffic lane with no shoulder. I couldn’t imagine having less confidence in my cycling ability or having children and trying to get around town with them.

The main purpose of the rail-trail is to get cars off of the road. Providing a dedicated bike/walking path from Santa Cruz to Watsonville is the best way to do it. It goes through major residential corridors and would be easy to access for a number of people, and is close enough to the commercial corridors that those who choose to use it to go to work would not have to spend much time riding with car traffic.

Plus, increasing cycling/pedestrian traffic along this corridor will decrease the amount of quality of life crimes that occur along the railroad tracks right now, especially if there is night time lighting for those who are commuting home late.
— Colleen McLaughlin, Santa Cruz, CA
I’d love to see a fast, easy route from Capitola to the Westside. Help us get out of our cars.
— Devon Ricks. Capitola, CA
This would greatly enhance the community’s health and happiness, relieve traffic problems!
We need a safe trail!
— Lisa Fluitt, Soquel, CA
This would be a wonderful feature to enjoy with family and friends and it includes some of the most spectacular views along the coast!
— Michael Gorman, Ben Lomond, CA