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Seattle’s Opportunities

Seattle also has some challenges. The city’s topography creates obstacles for pedestrians, including steep grades and limited sight lines. There are many areas of the city without sidewalks and a number of residential neighborhoods lack curb ramps. The distance between traffic signals and the lack of pedestrian crossing islands on busy arterial roads can make crossing difficult.

Current policies and practices also create challenges. Until recently, the City did not regularly install advanced stop lines. There are fewer marked crosswalks at unsignalized intersections than in many other cities in the U.S. In many areas, signal timing and technology could be improved to make crossings more pedestrian-friendly. The practices of developers and private citizens present challenges as well. For example, vehicles parked on curbs block pedestrian pathways and construction sites often create unnecessary obstructions by closing sidewalks and forcing pedestrians into the roadway.

Along and Across the Roadway

Walking near the market Downtown

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