Pedestrian Policies and Programs
The Pedestrian Master Plan is closely aligned with existing City efforts, policies, and programs and was developed through the cooperation of many agencies. The plan is consistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan and SDOT's Transportation Strategic Plan.
The two main goal statements from the Comprehensive Plan that directly relate to the Pedestrian Master Plan are:
TG15 Increase walking and bicycling to help achieve City transportation, environmental, community and public health goals.
TG16 Create and enhance safe, accessible, attractive and convenient street and trail networks that are desirable for walking and bicycling.
The Transportation Strategic Plan also advances strategies to encourage walking, which guided development of the Pedestrian Master Plan.
- Make street crossings safer and easier
- Improve pedestrian safety and access to bus transit
- Improve pedestrian access to Monorail and Sound Transit rail systems
- Use traffic signals and their associated features to improve pedestrian safety
- Provide for routine accommodation of pedestrian facilities
- Make safe routes to schools
- Complete and maintain sidewalk network
- Provide for visibility and accessibility for all pedestrians
- Continue installing "road diets"
- Develop pedestrian transportation performance measures
- Enhance the City's project and program review by using Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
- Review Right-of-Way Improvement Manual to ensure design criteria support pedestrian safety and access concerns
- Support pedestrian safety education and promotion programs
- Explore alternative design treatments
- Support enforcement of traffic laws that protect the rights of pedestrians
- Support signage and wayfinding projects
- Accommodate pedestrians during project construction in public rights-of-way
A diagram that illustrates resources that were brought to bear in developing the Pedestrian Master Plan provides a visual representation of the full scale of involvement in pedestrian policies and programs.
The Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Group (PMPAG) helped the project team to identify a number of common issues related to walking in Seattle. Based on these issues, the consultant team conducted an in-depth review of the following nine areas:
The issue papers were used throughout plan development to identify elements for the Pedestrian Toolbox, design standards and guidelines inconsistent with policy, national best practices, and plan recommendations. The recommendations from the issue papers range from revisions to existing policies and standards to the development of new standards and plans.
To develop the issue papers, the consultant team reviewed the following Seattle-specific documents:
- Comprehensive Plan
- Transportation Strategic Plan
- Seattle Municipal Code and City Ordinances
- Client Assistance Memos
- Right-of-Way Improvements Manual
- 2008 Seattle Standard Details and Specifications
- Neighborhood Design Guidelines
National documents reviewed include:
- Federal Highway Administration materials
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- Other cities’ codes, plans, and guidelines
Additional information was gathered from:
- Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff
- PMPAG interviews
- Pedestrian Master Plan Inter-agency Team