Walkable Washington 2016 – Case Studies

Walkable-Washington (2)    ICON_SPONSORSHIP




Bellevue City Hall, Washington | Tuesday, June 7, 2016 

WW RegisterWW Poster




The Walkable Washington case studies are exceptional projects and programs showcasing how cities, counties, school districts, and community organizations throughout the state are making it safer, easier, and more inviting for people to walk. Interested in past years’ case studies? Check out our full case study library. The Walkable Washington Case Studies for 2016 are provided below.


A panel of prestigious judges reviews the year’s case studies and selects three projects to receive a Walkable Washington Innovation Award. Additionally, case studies are invited to be a part of moderated and poster sessions during the symposium, which provides attendees the opportunity to ask specific questions and be inspired to create and implement a similar project in their community.


2016 Walkable Washington Case Studies



Advocacy & Encouragement


5210 Kitsap Pedometer Program (Kitsap County, WA)

5210 Kitsap is a community-wide obesity prevention initiative that encourages healthy eating and physical activity. The initiative promotes daily intake of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables, no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time, 1 or more hours of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks in a day.  >>For more information, read PDF File


Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide (Seattle, WA) 

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center conducted a study to better understand mall walking programs and encourage the development of these programs throughout the country. The study had three parts: a systematic review of the literature; audits in five different states of mall features and walkers; and over 50 interviews of walkers, program managers, and mall managers. >>For more information, read PDF file


Sunset Elementary School Sidewalk and Pedbee Traffic Safety Campaign (Bellevue, WA)

Walking to Sunset Elementary School is safer for people walking now with the construction of a new sidewalk across from the school along busy West Lake Sammamish Parkway and the
implementation of a traffic safety campaign that provided tools to educate and encourage safe walking practices to a wider population, outside the school children of Sunset Elementary. >>For more information, read PDF file


Redmond SchoolPool (Redmond, WA)

Redmond SchoolPool encourages students and families to take fewer drive alone trips to school. To date there are seven schools participating and each school can raise up to $5,000 annually through SchoolPool. Children also get rewards such as free safety gear at Walk or Bike to school events. >>For more information, read PDF file


Walk Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)
Walk Tacoma is a series of educational walks led by guides in downtown Tacoma with varying historical themes. Walk Tacoma started in 2009 as a result of a stigma that it was unsafe to walk in downtown Tacoma. >>For more information, read PDF File


Design & Engineering


Adaptive Traffic System and Pedestrian Infrastructure Treatments (Bellevue, WA)

To improve pedestrian safety and offer effective multi-modal transportation options, the City of Bellevue has upgraded 95 percent of all traffic signals to an Adaptive Traffic System alongside the installation of pedestrian treatments. Stemming from the Bellevue Mobility Initiative in 2008, the City was determined to address mobility challenges associated with growth, specifically in the Downtown area. >>For more information, read PDF file


Alabama Street Corridor Feasibility Study and Safety Improvements (Bellingham, WA)

The Alabama Street Corridor Feasibility Study and Safety Improvements Project consisted of road improvements on a major roadway in Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Public Works expects the number of collisions to decrease and expects to see an increase in pedestrian crossing and bike use. >>For more information, read PDF file


Anacortes-Guemes Trail Project (Anacortes, WA)

The Guemes Channel Trail has long been proposed as a safe alternative off the main road for non motorized travel to the Ferry Terminal and the west end of town. Non-motorized travel appeals to local and visiting ferry passengers who can avoid automobile wait times (often 4 hours or more in peak season) at the ferry by using their feet or their bike. >>For more information, read PDF file


Bellevue College Connector (Bellevue, WA)

The Bellevue College Connector plans to combine regional and local transit enhancements with pedestrian, bicycle, and trail infrastructure improvements. It will support the areas connection for commuters to the campus and to major employers in the area.  >>For more information, read PDF file


Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail (Kirkland, WA)

In 2012, the City of Kirkland purchased 5.75 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) in order to create a non-motorized trail for public use. The Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail opened in January 2015, representing the very first developed trail along the mainline of the ERC. The new trail created safer walking conditions for those who were already traveling alongside the rails prior to the opening. >>For more information, read PDF file


Downtown Revitalization Plan (Bothell, WA)

Connectivity is a strong element in the Revitalization Plan. Residents can easily access the newly built City Hall with a large public plaza, the library, parks and trails, offices, retail stores, and mixed-use developments, while still enjoying the historic charm of the area. >>For more information, read PDF file


The Georgetown Festival Street (Seattle, WA)
The Georgetown Festival Street is a short street in the historically industrial and freight corridor-dependent neighborhood of Georgetown, the purpose of which is to integrate traffic calming and to create more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly public space that can be easily closed to allow for neighborhood and community festivals throughout the year. >>For more information, read PDF file


Mercer Middle School Walkway Improvement (Seattle, WA)

The Seattle Department of Transportation and the Seattle Parks Department partnered to address the safety concerns and consulted with Seattle Public Utilities to develop a low-cost solution to improve drainage issues on a walkway frequented by students to help encourage safe walking. >>For more information, read PDF file


The Lakeview Trail (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
This is a one-mile, non-motorized paved trail connecting the Interurban Trail and the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center. The Project increases commuting options for residents of Mountlake Terrace and other nearby cities, provides safe and convenient connections for people to walk or bike from multiple neighborhoods to the town center and destinations throughout the region via bus. >>For more information, read PDF file


Snoqualmie Town Center (Snoqualmie, WA)

This project made improvements to State Route 202 (SR 202/Railroad Ave SE) from SE Northern St to SE River St. Improvements included roadway repaving, new street illumination, significant tree preservation, new and underground utilities, and significant pedestrian improvements along with curb bulb-outs, street furniture and gateway treatments. >>For more information, read PDF file


South 180th Street (SeaTac, WA)

The project was designed and constructed to provide a safe walking path along South 180th Street in the city of SeaTac, a space that was previously used for on-street parking. The walkway connects to retailers along South 176th, and to the RapidRide B line on International Boulevard. >>For more information, read PDF file



Soap Lake Downtown Revitalization (Soap Lake, WA)

This revitalization project resulted in the redesign and complete replacement of the existing infrastructure and streetscape along 2 miles of Highway 17 and Soap Lake’s Main Street to increase economic viability and strengthening the sense of community through the creation of walkable streets. >>For more information, read PDF File


Vision & Planning


Complete Streets Policy Development in Rural Klickitat County (White Salmon and Bingen, Klickitat County, WA)

The Complete Streets ordinance in White Salmon and Bingen seeks to promote changes needed to make streets safer for drivers, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and pedestrians. The Complete Streets concept focuses on changing the decision making process so that all users are considered while planning, designing, building and operating roadways. >>For more information, read PDF file


Thurston Thrives (Thurston County, WA) 

Thurston Thrives is a cross-sector collaboration to improve the health of all Thurston County residents. The county’s Board of Health initiated Thurston Thrives to streamline positive health outcomes across many organizations and all sectors within Thurston County. >>For more information, read PDF file


Walkable Cowlitz (Cowlitz County, WA)

Walkable Cowlitz began when the county received a 1422 Diabetes Prevention Grant. The objective is to develop and promote community plans to improve walkability in order to better the health and well being of its residents. >>For more information, read PDF file



Check out our full case study library of encouragement, engineering, and planning projects. 


Have a project that you would like to share with us?

To nominate your project or one in your community to be included in the 2017 case study list and eligible for an Innovation Award, please complete the

Walkable Washington Share Your Project Form