Programs & Policies

Many plans and policies guide our work to create an equitable and climate-friendly transportation system that connects livable, healthy neighborhoods. The City works with other agencies, such as King County and Sound Transit to achieve these goals.

Programs & Policies

Promoting electric vehicles is an important part of the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from cars and trucks on Seattle’s roads, which make up 40 percent of our city-wide footprint and are the single largest source of emissions.
The Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Pedestrian Program seeks to encourage more walking by creating an environment where pedestrians can walk safely and comfortably.
Way to Go, Seattle! is your one stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about changing to walking, biking, using transit, and carpooling.
Neighborhood Greenways provide people of all ages and abilities with comfortable and attractive places to walk, ride a bike, skate and run and connect people to parks, schools and local shops.
Transportation planning is a vital element to ensure our neighborhoods have easy access for pedestrians, transit, bicyclists, trucks and cars.

Codes & Regulations

The Land Use Code is developed by DPD planners to regulate the use of land in Seattle.
SDOT considers federal, state, regional, and local policies and regulations in all its action plans and projects, including Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and State & National Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA & NEPA).

Strategic Plans

The goal of this Department of Transportation plan is to triple the amount of bicycling in Seattle between 2007 and 2017, and to reduce the rate of bicycle collisions by one third during the same timeframe.
A key element of the City's pedestrian program, the Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.
Our comprehensive plan, Toward a Sustainable Seattle, is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future and provides the framework for most of Seattle’s big-picture decisions on how to grow while preserving and improving our neighborhoods.