The Pedestrian Master Plan is both a near-term and a long-term plan. Many of the tools and information in the plan can be used immediately by public agencies, non-profit organizations, and community members to support walking in Seattle, including the Pedestrian Toolbox, the Along and Across the Roadway maps and the project Prioritization Process.
The plan also takes an extended view of the actions that must happen to sustain Seattle as a walkable city. Some of these longer-term actions require ongoing partnerships that do not currently exist, may be very costly, or may require additional research to implement. However, it is important to include these types of actions in the plan to ensure that they move forward and are ready to be implemented when the partnerships, funding, or additional information are available.
This section of the plan includes a description of early implementation actions, near-term recommendations, and long-term recommendations. The Objectives and Strategies provide an overview of the types of changes the plan seeks to make, and the full list of plan actions includes more detail on each tactic, including proposed milestones and the partners needed to move the action forward.
In addition to the full list of plan actions, the Prioritization Process describes the development of projects, including lists and maps of the highest priority project locations based on the demand, equity, and corridor function analyses.
Early implementation actions are those projects, programs, and policy changes that have been implemented since the Pedestrian Master Plan effort began in 2007.
Engineering (2008 only, unless otherwise noted)
Those tactics identified in the full list of plan actions for completion by 2011 are considered near-term actions. SDOT will report annually on progress towards meeting these milestones to the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, the stewards of the Plan.
In addition to program and policy actions, near-term construction of new infrastructure projects as well as system maintenance will continue. Based on funding provided by Bridging the Gap, the following types and numbers of projects are anticipated through 2014:
Sidewalks (a block equivalent is 330' long)
Significant Crossing Treatments (e.g., signals, crossing islands)
Smaller Crossing Treatments (e.g., curb ramps, crosswalks)
Maintenance - Along the Roadway
Maintenance - Across the Roadway
Those tactics identified in the full list of plan actions for completion by 2015 or beyond are considered longer-term actions. SDOT will report on progress towards meeting these milestones, if applicable, during the annual Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board status update.