The city has been working for many years to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-use recreational trails system. Beginning as early as 1990, a trails feasibility study laid the groundwork for planning the trails within the city. The city's Open Space and Conservation Resource Management Plan expanded upon the study and provided conceptual trail alignments used today to plan and construct the city's trail network.
In November 2001, the City Council approved the Citywide Trails Report which outlined more recent trail development guidelines, resulting in today’s current network:
38 miles of open space trails
48 miles of bike lanes running alongside the city’s roadways
Future plans for approximately 20 more miles of trails in the city will bring the total trail mileage to approximately 58 miles.
While the citywide trails system provides many recreational opportunities to enjoy the city's unique natural areas, it also provides a comprehensive network for non-motorized transportation routes, connecting neighborhoods to commercial and business areas, schools, parks and beaches.