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- Acknowledgements
Vision & Goals
Plan Background
State of Pedestrian Environment
Planning Process
Policy and Program Recommendations
Project Recommendations
Becoming the Most Walkable City
Pedestrian Toolbox
Performance Monitoring and Stewardship
Frequently Asked Questions
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Welcome to the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan!

Current Activities: Pedestrian Master Plan Update!

SDOT is working with the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board to conduct a technical update of the Pedestrian Master Plan. For more information on the status, scope, and related materials of the technical update, please see the project website.  


Walking is the oldest and most efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation—it’s how transit riders eventually reach their destinations, how drivers get from the parking lot to the front door, and how cyclists get from the bike rack to the business.

And walking is about more than transportation. Walking helps to build strong communities and is the primary way that neighbors get to know one another. Walking is also great exercise and an easy way to improve your mental and physical health.

Nearly everyone, for at least some portion of every day, is a pedestrian. That is why the City of Seattle has developed the Pedestrian Master Plan, which defines the steps needed to make Seattle a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.

Developing the Plan

The Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. The plan establishes the policies, programs, design criteria, and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort, and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Through the Pedestrian Master Plan, Seattle will make its transportation system more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

The Task: Make Seattle the Most Walkable City in the Nation

The Reasons: Increase pedestrian safety

Provide mobility and access for all

Offer alternatives to driving

Reduce pollution

Address global warming

Connect to transit

Foster economic growth

Increase social interaction on streets

Build strong communities and livable neighborhoods

Address obesity and health concerns

Become a sustainable city

The Answers: Improve communication and coordination

Engage all Seattleites in the solutions

Recommend new and revised policies and programs

Maintain existing and prioritize investments in new infrastructure

Increase funding for pedestrian improvements

Navigating the Plan

This plan is unique for the City of Seattleit is the first plan developed entirely for web-based use. To review the plan, its best to start with the Summary, which will give you an overview of the plans contents. The summary is a stand-alone document, available in hard copy as well as online, with an option to download and print.

This hard copy version of the plan has the same key information presented in the online plan, with a wide variety of maps and documents available in the appendix. However, the online version of the plan has several options for getting additional information on a number of topics, including right navigational bars and live links that connect to web sites and documents. (These sites and documents are referenced and included in the hard copy, when possible.)

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the plan or require an alternate format, please contact us at or 206-733-9970.



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