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Seattle’s Strategy for Prioritizing Pedestrian Projects

Pedestrians on sidewalkThe Pedestrian Master Plan places a high value on data to inform how decisions get made about the projects and programs that can improve and sustain walking in Seattle. To begin, the project team collected, compiled, and analyzed data related to the plan goals of safety, equity, vibrancy, and health. The analysis addressed both the quality of the pedestrian environment and anticipated pedestrian activity levels (see The Pedestrian System) in order to focus resources in areas where conditions are difficult and where people need to be able to walk the most.

The strategy will help to prioritize pedestrian projects in the short-term. (For example, if the City can only afford to build or improve a certain number of sidewalks or curb ramps each year, which ones should be built first?) This strategy will also help the City make long-term decisions by informing the process of selecting and programming projects. The goal is to create the tools to identify projects that serve people with the greatest needs.

In prioritizing projects, the analyses of Where People Walk and Along and Across the Roadway are only the first step. The prioritization analysis also considers socioeconomic and health factors, such as lower rates of automobile ownership and higher rates of diabetes and obesity, and additional transportation and land use components. Click on the links below to view maps and to learn more about high priority areas and ways the information can be used to develop project lists.

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