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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.

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.

Issue Papers

A sidewalk being repairedThe 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
  • Director’s Rules
  • 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
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