Seattle Walks Day!
On May 10 th hundreds of Seattle residents met at with neighbors, friends and families to walk their favorite routes in the community! Participants completed surveys that will be used to inform the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan and will ultimately make Seattle the MOST WALKABLE CITY in the NATION!
If you were unable to participate in Seattle Walks Day, but are interested in coordinating a walk, check out the Neighborhood Walks Page
SDOT will accept the surveys until Sept. 15th
An online version of the survey is available here!
Walking is the oldest and most efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation there is – it’s how transit riders eventually reach their destinations, and it’s the primary way that neighbors get to know one another and begin to build strong communities. Nearly everyone, for at least some portion of every day, is a pedestrian. That is why the City of Seattle is embarking on a Pedestrian Master Plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.
Goals of the Plan
The Pedestrian Master Plan will use the principles of the “5 E’s” (Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation) to accomplish the following:
• Get more people walking.
• Reduce the number and severity of crashes involving pedestrians.
• Engage all of Seattle in a meaningful dialogue about what’s needed to create and connect walkable urban villages and important destinations.
Along with other transportation agencies and City departments, SDOT will involve public health experts, law enforcement representatives, issue advocates, community advisors, environmental leaders and the general public to incorporate the best practices, most current research and design strategies into the Pedestrian Master Plan. Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan will define the actions needed to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.
Since 2003, a number of city initiatives put the foundation in place to make the Pedestrian Master Plan a success, including:
- Updates to the Comprehensive Plan policies on walking, bicycling and transit to make Seattle a more walkable city
- The launch of the Mayor’s 10 Point Plan for Pedestrian Safety in 2005
- Updates to the Transportation Strategic Plan and citywide Transit Plan to define actions that will make Seattle more pedestrian-friendly and transit-supportive
- Adoption of a Climate Action Plan that describes strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing Seattle ’s dependence on automobiles
- Development of new street design guidelines in the Right-of-Way Improvements Manual
- Creation of a new SDOT Art Plan that defines how use of public art can enrich Seattle ’s streets and sidewalks
- Completion of SDOT’s first Urban Forest Management Plan
- a soon-to-be-finalized Bicycle Master Plan that defines the projects and programs needed to create a citywide bicycle network over the next decade
- voter approval of the Bridging the Gap transportation funding package that will significantly increase the resources for pedestrian and bicycle improvements
- Adoption of a “ Complete Streets” ordinance that directs the City to build transportation projects that support and encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users
- Development of the Mayor’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to make the distribution of transportation investments as equitable as possible to best serve all of Seattle’s citizens.
Additionally, Mayor Nickels and the City Council have made Pedestrian Safety their top priority for 2007 and have adopted Resolution 30951 to outline the key components of the Pedestrian Master Plan and Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement Campaign. With all of these initiatives in place, the time has never been better to launch Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan—a project that will define the steps needed to make Seattle a more livable, healthy, and walkable city.
For more information about the Pedestrian Master Plan, you may contact Barbara Gray, SDOT Project Manager at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 615-0872 or Katherine Bush, Communications Lead at email@example.com or by phone at (206) 233-1084.