Case Study Library Archive



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.


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 providing attendees the opportunity to ask specific questions and be inspired to create and implement a similar project in their community.

2015 Walkable Washington Case Studies


Richland Urban Greenbelt Trail (Richland, WA)

Richland’s Parks and Recreation Commission set a goal in 2012 to increase walkability in the city. One of the factors to address was to improve infrastructure for walking.  >>For more information, read PDF File



Arlington Gifford Sidewalk Project (Arlington, WA) 

In the City of Arlington, sidewalks on two blocks of Gifford St. were reconstructed to replace the previous sidewalks that were in poor shape or were non-existent. The sidewalks on Gifford St. span between Presidents Elementary and Haller Middle School and are heavily used by students walking to and from school. >>For more information, read PDF file


Spokane Crosswalk Ordinance (Spokane, WA)

In June 2014, the City of Spokane adopted an ordinance to enhance or build functional sidewalks. The ordinance was implemented as a result of studies showing that economic development is enhanced by walkable urban areas, and that there is a shift away from drivable suburban  environments. >>For more information, read PDF file



Spokane Centennial Gap Trail (Spokane, WA)

The Centennial Trail was built between 1989 and 1991 to celebrate Washington State’s centennial. The path of the trail generally follows the contours of the Spokane River, allows for many non-motorized activities, and features Spokane as its urban center. >>For more information, read PDF file



Bellingham Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans (Bellingham, WA)

The Bellingham Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans are the first mode-specific plans in the City of Bellingham. Each plan is very specific to the needs of pedestrians or cyclists to improve street infrastructure, safety, and connectivity.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Kirkland “PedFlag” Program (Kirkland, WA)

PedFlag is a pedestrian safety program of the City of Kirkland that places orange or yellow flags at uncontrolled crosswalks (intersections and pedestrian crossings with no traffic signals), to help pedestrians gain the attention of drivers, and by so doing, improve their visibility and safety while crossing the streets. >>For more information, read PDF file


Cross Kirkland Corridor (Kirkland, WA)

The Cross Kirkland Corridor project reclaimed 5.75-mile of inactive rail corridor stretching from the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride to the City’s northern boundary in the Totem Lake Business District. While discussing the development of this corridor, the city embraced the vision of a multi-modal transportation corridor. >>For more information, read PDF file


Newport Way Sidewalk Committee (Bellevue, WA)

The Newport Way Sidewalk Committee was founded to unify voices from the community in favor of sidewalks and bike lanes as a top spending priority. The committee requested conversations with the City, hosted workshops, attended meetings, built a website, and sought endorsements from local organizations. >>For more information, read PDF file


Lakewood Station Connection (Lakewood, WA)

The Lakewood Station Connection project includes the placement of a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area immediately to the north, Kendrick Street neighborhood. >>For more information, read PDF file



Clark County-1Clark County Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan (Clark County, WA)

Currently, Clark County is working through Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan’s prioritized projects to promote walking. This entails increasing safety for non-automobile users, continuing maintenance, and increasing attention to design in future projects.>>For more information, read PDF file


Yakima County Complete Streets (Yakima, WA)

The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments and the Yakima Health District created a working group with community members to explore complete streets related issues, including walkability, in the City of Yakima. The long term goal of the group is to strengthen policies in Yakima supporting walking, biking, and complete streets. >>For more information, read PDF file


Bellevue Transit Master Plan Pic 2 - CropedBellevue Transit Master Plan (Bellevue, WA)

The Bellevue Transit Master Plan is a comprehensive 20-year plan that maps out a transit system to meet Bellevue’s transit needs through 2030. It includes short and long-term policies as well as programs aiming to foster a transit system that effectively connects people  with the places they want to go. >>For more information, read PDF file



Arlington Stormwater Trail (Arlington, WA)

The Stillaguamish River is the 5th largest tributary to Puget Sound with Arlington being the largest discharger of stormwater pollutants. In order to clean the stormwater pollutants before flowing into the river from Old Town, the 9-acre Arlington Wetland and trail system was created. >>For more information, read PDF file



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Bothell Crossroads Project (Bothell, WA)

Bothell Crossroads Project is a part of Bothell’s Downtown Revitalization—a major downtown revitalization project that aims to improve the city’s transit and connectivity. The Bothell Crossroads Project is one of the roadway improvements on SR 522 to support the effort of the downtown revitalization. >>For more information, read PDF file



HawthorneHawthorne Elementary Safe Routes to School Project (Seattle, WA)

One of the goals of Safe Routes to School program at Hawthorne was to improve pedestrian safety. In order to address pedestrian safety concerns immediately, Feet First worked with school families to build and install pedestrian safety flag buckets.

>>For more information, read PDF file



City of Langley croppedLangley Second Street Streetscape Project (Langley, WA)

Being one of the three main Downtown streets in Langley, Second Street obtains a high pedestrian volume but little infrastructure to support walking. In order to meet the needs of pedestrians, and create a more welcoming environment, the City of Langley reconstructed the street. >>For more information, read PDF file


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Roxhill Elementary Safe Routes to School Project (Seattle, WA)

Roxhill Elementary is a vibrant public school in the southwest corner of Seattle. The education and encouragement programs at the Roxhill Elementary School emphasize parent engagement, Walking School Buses, bicycle safety education, and student safety during arrival and dismissal times. >>For more information, read PDF file


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2014 Walkable Washington Case Studies


Issaquah Mobility Action Plan (Issaquah, WA)

Issaquah Mobility Action Plan (Issaquah, WA)

The Issaquah Mobility Action Plan was designed to be an “action guidance document” for the City of Issaquah. The plan lays out suggested projects and programs for the city that will enhance bike and pedestrian activity, organized by priority.

>>For more information, read PDF file



Linden Avenue Complete Streets Project (Seattle, WA)

The Linden Avenue project is often referred to as the missing link to the Interurban Trail. Following the adoption of the Seattle Complete Streets ordinance in 2007, Linden Ave was identified as an ideal Complete Streets Pilot Project. The project won the Puget Sound Regional Council’s 2013 Vision 2040 Award for Excellence.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Longview-StreetscapeLongview Downtown Streetscape Project (Longview, WA)

The Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project is a comprehensive plan to improve the appearance and accessibility of Commerce Avenue. The project will increase connectivity of the main entertainment centers, attract more people to the area, and improve living conditions for students and international students of the nearby Lower Columbia Community College.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Longview-businessLongview Sidewalk Business License Program (Longview, WA)

The City of Longview allows business owners to apply for a free sidewalk business license. The license allows placement of features such as seating or retail signs on the city’s public sidewalks. The project has recently expanded beyond the core commerce area of downtown to all economic zones in Longview.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Marysville.emfMarysville Healthy Communities Challenge Day (Marysville, WA)

Marysville’s Healthy Communities Challenge Day is part of a larger effort to promote a more active and healthy community. The free event introduces attendees to local health and fitness agencies and healthy food vendors, and also provides fitness demonstrations such as Zumba, hula hoop, and jump roping.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Mount VernonMount Vernon Skagit River Waterfront Redevelopment Project (Mount Vernon, WA)

Waterfront Redevelopment along the Skagit River is part of the multi-fold Mount Vernon Downtown Flood Protection and Revitalization Project. The project includes pedestrian improvements such as public riverfront park, a river promenade, and a trail system.

>>For more information, read PDF file


oak harborOak Harbor Safe Routes to School (Whidbey Island, WA)

In 2012, the City of Oak Harbor improved pedestrian access at eight road crossings heavily used by school children en route to and from school. The project sought to increase pedestrian safety with curb ramp and sidewalk improvements as well as the installation of solar-powered warning lights at each of the eight intersections.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Olympia-neighborhood pathways2014 Innovation Award winner:

Olympia Neighborhood Pathways (Olympia, WA)

Olympia’s Neighborhood Pathways Program gives grants to neighborhood associations to create pedestrian and bicycle paths in their neighborhood. The program’s mission is to construct non-motorized routes that connect to parks, streets, schools and other services where it is needed most.

>>For more information, read PDF file



Olympic Discovery Trail (Olympic Peninsula, WA)

The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) was conceived by the volunteer Peninsula Trails Coalition in the late 1980s. The route covers 130 miles from the Strait of Juan de Fuce to the Pacific Ocean. Over 50 miles of paved trail for pedestrians, cyclists, disabled persons, and day hikers have been completed.

>>For more information, read PDF file


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Pybus Market and Associated Street Improvements (Wenatchee, WA)

In association with the opening of the Pybus Public Market, the City of Wenatchee carried out a street improvement project along Worthen Street and Orondo Avenue. Work improved access to the market and provides a safe and pleasant environment for pedestrians and bikers.

>>For more information, read PDF file


redmond2014 Innovation Award winner:

Redmond Central Connector (Redmond, WA)

The Redmond Central Connector is a multi-modal transportation corridor which will link downtown Redmond with the wider region. Integrated art, lighting, and landscaping along urban plazas provide opportunities for community gathering and events along the paved trail, which also knits together over 60 miles of the East Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River Trails.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Renton-Ave-SRenton Avenue South Construction (Renton, WA)

In 2002, improvements to Renton Avenue South were identified by the community as a way to revitalize the area with a “boulevard feel” that welcomes pedestrians and cyclists and encourages visits to local businesses. The project will add sidewalks, landscaping and on-street parking, as well as a bicycle lane to the east side of Renton Avenue South.

>>For more information, read PDF file


San Juan Islands2014 Innovation Award winner:

“Know Your Island” Walks (San Juan Island, WA)

The San Juan Island “Know Your Island” Walk series helps residents and visitors to explore local history, parks, trails and public infrastructure. Each free walk lasts approximately 2-3 hours and features a guest leader from the community who talks about the history, character and environment of the featured location.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Smamish-walksSammamish Walks (Sammamish, WA)

The Sammamish Walks website provides maps, descriptions, directions and photos for established trails on and around the Sammamish plateau. By raising awareness and providing education, the website has helped the community better plan for the preservation and development of walking trails and parks.

>>For more information, read PDF file


StevensonStevenson Wayfinding Master Plan (Stevenson, WA)

The Stevenson Wayfinding Master Plan provides a comprehensive set of guidelines to update and unify signage and navigational aids within the city. Pedestrian wayfinding pavement markers and stonework make it easier for walkers to get around while reducing sign clutter and maintenance costs for the City.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Tacoma-13Tacoma 13 Corridor (Tacoma, WA)

The Tacoma 13 Corridor project is a thirteen mile pedestrian and bike thoroughfare that will connect diverse Tacoma neighborhoods and encourage residents to pursue car-free transportation options. This plan began as a bikeways project and has developed to include pedestrian mobility.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Vancouver-land bridgeVancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA)
The Vancouver Land Bridge is a 40-foot-wide, 3,800-foot long paved trail that arcs across State Route 14. This bridge provides a vital pathway to pedestrians between the Renaissance Waterfront Trail along the shores of the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver and Fort Vancouver.

>>For more information, read PDF file


Whatcom-smart tripsWhatcom Smart Trips (Whatcom County, WA)

Whatcom Smart Trips encourages and helps Whatcom County residents to walk, bicycle, take the bus and share rides instead of driving alone. Program participants log their Smart Trips online to track both distance traveled and cumulative environmental and financial savings.

>>For more information, read PDF file


White SalmonWhite Salmon Safe Routes to School (White Salmon, WA)

White Salmon began a Safe Routes to School program in August 2012 to increase school children’s physical activity and to provide a safe environment for students to walk or bike to school. The SRTS program was supported by numerous community partners, including local businesses, the library, the city, the county, and non-profit organizations. >>For more information, read PDF file