Mike McGinn, Mayor
9/21/2010 5:10:00 PM
Peg Nielsen (206) 684-8114
This Map is Made for Walkers!
SDOT creates a handy pedestrian tool
SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has created a map just for pedestrians. The map gives new and long-time residents, as well as visitors, a way to view the city up close and personal.
The Seattle Walking Map was designed to help people choose a walking route that best suits their interests and individual fitness levels. The routes identified on the map come from a variety of sources including The Feet First walking advocacy organization, King County, and SDOT and includes routes that follow sidewalks, shoulders on quiet streets, and park trails.
This new series of city walking maps divides Seattle into three sections: north, central, and south. Adjoining sections of the map include a limited amount of overlap, should the selected route cross from one section to another.
To help pedestrians plan their excursions, all of the routes and paths on the map have been labeled with the approximate amount of time in minutes that it will take to walk each segment based on the amount of ground covered. These estimates do not account for the steepness of the street or an individual’s physical condition, so some routes may take more or less time than suggested.
Seattle streets vary in slope from flat (or almost flat) to very steep. Those streets with a steeper grade have been colored yellow on the map. If an easy route is desired, avoid those streets with yellow shading; if walkers are up for a more challenging and varied route, the yellow streets are for them!