According to Peter Callaghan, there are some ideas about parking cars along the possible new Prairie Line Trail.

I don’t want to be that guy, but do we really need surface parking in downtown Tacoma so much that we want a portion of a pedestrian and bike trail for it? This is one of the most dense parts of downtown Tacoma, and yet within two blocks of the trail, there is plenty of parking.

Check out this satellite image that I turned into an animated gif. Yes, some of these are privately owned garages and lots. But still: That’s an issue of needing to use our available parking better. It’s not a good enough reason to build more of it along a bike trail.