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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.

 

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Advocacy & Encouragement

 

2016 Case Studies

 

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

 

★ 2016 Innovation Award Winner ★

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

2015 Case Studies

 

Hawthorne 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

 

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

 

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

2014 Case Studies

 

Marysville 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

 

Oak 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

 

★ 2014 Innovation Award Winner ★

San Juan Islands’ “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

 

Sammamish 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

 

Whatcom 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 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

 

Design & Engineering

 

2016 Case Studies

 

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

 

★ 2016 Innovation Award Winner ★

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

 

★ 2016 Innovation Award Winner ★

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

2015 Case Studies

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

2014 Case Studies

 

★ 2014 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

 

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

 

★ 2014 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 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

 

Stevenson 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 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 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

 

Vision & Planning

 

2016 Case Studies

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

2015 Case Studies

 

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

 

Bellevue 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

 

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

 

Clark 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

 

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

 

Langley 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

 

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

 

★ 2015 Innovation Award Winner ★

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

2014 Case Studies

 

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 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 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

 

Mount 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


 

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