Fort Wayne-area trails are getting a workout.
A record 568,138 people used the trails last year, a 17.5 percent increase from the 2012 record of 483,581, Fort Wayne officials announced Tuesday. .
Infrared counters are used to track trail users in 14 locations.
Since 2008 the city’s trail miles have grown from 33 to 73. Counting outside the city, the area network has more than 96 miles.
With additions this year, the network will total more than 100 miles by September, city officials said.
"A commitment to trail development assists us in our efforts to make Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a point of destination for residents and businesses," Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement. "I’m encouraged by the growth and excitement we’re experiencing with our trail system. We’re a leader in providing quality of life amenities that are critical to the current and future success of our city and region."
When added to smaller extensions that will take place outside the city limits, the network is expected to increase by nearly 11 miles this year – bringing the total to 106 miles. More than 100,000 residents will live within a half-mile of a trail, officials said.
In 2016, new trail connections were completed on McKinnie Avenue, Covington Road, Liberty Mills Road, Renaissance Pointe, Dupont Road, Diebold Road and a portion of the Pufferbelly Trail.
For more information, go to fwtrails.org.