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Performance Monitoring and Stewardship

Performance Measures

The Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan goals are long-term outcomes toward which programs or activities are directed. Goals are the launching point for performance measures and answer the question, “What is the plan designed to do?” Performance measures answer the question, “How will the plan’s successes be measured?”

Each performance measure identifies a “baseline” or starting point to compare with information that will be gathered in future years. A “trend” has also been identified to describe the direction of the desired outcome for each performance measure. By establishing a trend that is moving in the direction of the desired outcome, it is possible to determine the progress made towards meeting the plan’s goals of safety, equity, vibrancy, and health.

Seattle will be leading the effort in developing consistent standards for defining pedestrian-centric performance measures that are data-driven and can be evaluated in various contexts over time. A variety of methods for evaluating walkability are employed throughout the nation; however, there is no current national standard, which makes defining targets difficult.

To do this, data will be collected and evaluated by City staff and the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. This collection of data will be used to establish trends that will then inform the development of specific targets. These targets will be set when the Pedestrian Master Plan is updated in 2014.

For more detailed information, see the Performance Measures Table, including desired trends and reporting frequencies for the performance measures highlighted below.

Safety Performance Measures

  • Rate of crashes involving pedestrians
  • Vehicle speeds along identified corridors
  • School participation in pedestrian safety, education, and encouragement programs
  • Driver and pedestrian behaviors and awareness of pedestrian laws

Equity Performance Measures

  • City investments toward Top Tier projects in High Priority Areas
  • Public communication about pedestrian issues
  • Transit ridership
  • Mode share (more people walking)

Vibrancy Performance Measures

  • Streetscape vibrancy
  • Pedestrian activity

Health Performance Measures

  • Self-reported physical activity
  • Children walking or biking to or from school

Monitoring and Reporting Success

Successful implementation of the Pedestrian Master Plan will rely on both public agency and stakeholder stewardship. The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB) has agreed to be the primary stewards of the Pedestrian Master Plan. SPAB members will meet quarterly with SDOT and other agency staff to define high priority items, review work in progress, and provide valuable user perspectives.

In order to monitor implementation of the plan, SDOT will develop an annual progress report covering the prior year’s achievements to be reviewed and endorsed by the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board and then presented to City Council.

SDOT will develop an annual work plan that defines the projects, programs, and policy work to be undertaken in the following year that will be reviewed and endorsed by the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, who will serve as the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan stewards, and then presented to City Council by January 31st of each year for review. SDOT will work cooperatively with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Police Department on annual implementation of relevant projects, programs, and policy work contained in the annual work plan.

SDOT will use a variety of balancing factors to determine which pedestrian-related projects should be implemented each year, considering factors such as leveraging funding from other projects, serving particular populations likely to use walking as a primary mode of transportation, improving the vitality of an area, and community/neighborhood support as demonstrated, for example, by inclusion in neighborhood plans.

In order to track progress on the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan implementation, SDOT will prepare and submit to the City Council quarterly reports describing the status of the annual work program. SDOT will also prepare a Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan annual progress report covering the prior year’s achievements to be reviewed and endorsed by the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board and then to be presented to City Council.

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