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City Goals to Increase Walking, Biking and Riding

The City has goals to increase the percentage of trips taken by walking, biking and riding in the future. Goals are set for the entire city, as well as the areas of Seattle where population growth is focused. These areas are called “ Urban Centers.” Seattle has six:

For a map of the urban centers, click here.

  • Downtown
  • Capitol Hill/First Hill
  • Uptown/Queen Anne
  • South Lake Union
  • University District
  • Northgate

The two graphs below show the city’s goals for the percentage of trips taken by walking, biking or transit/carpooling to each urban center and the overall city for 2010 and 2020. The first graph shows commute trips to the city and its urban centers while the second shows all trips made by Seattle residents. The baseline of 2000 is included for comparison.

SDOT’s transportation strategies help the city meet these goals by making it easier to walk, bike and ride. Examples of SDOT’s efforts include building more bike lanes and paths, improving and building sidewalks, prioritizing our roadways to better support transit, partnering with transit agencies to improve service and encouraging people to use these options.

As a result, more people are walking, biking and riding in Seattle. Click here for recent examples.

These goals are part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). They support additional City goals to make it easier to get around the City, accommodate growth, increase sustainability, address climate change and make Seattle a better place to live.




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