Walkable Washington – Innovation Awards

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*Please note, there will not be 2017 Innovation Awards. We continue to collect case studies to include in our online Case Study Library, so be sure to share your project


The Innovation Awards recognized case studies from outstanding projects across the state that promoted healthy, livable and walkable communities.


Congratulations to 2016 winners!


Winner Anacortes

Anacortes-Guemes Trail Project (Anacortes, WA)

Winner Soap Lake

Soap Lake Downtown Revitalization (Soap Lake, WA)

Winner Walk Tacoma

Walk Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)


Previous Innovation Award Winners


Yakima County Complete Streets (Yakima, WA)

Lakewood Station Connection (Lakewood, WA)

Spokane Crosswalk Ordinance (Spokane, WA)



Olympia Neighborhood Pathways (Olympia, WA)

Redmond Central Connector (Redmond, WA)

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

2016 Walkable Washington Innovation Awards Judges:

  • Alan Hart, Founding Principal, VIA Architecture
  • Andrew Dannenberg, Affiliate Professor, Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
  • Kristen Simpson, Plan Implementation Manager at City of Seattle, Department of Transportation
  • Michael Cardwell, Diplomat at Quinault Indian Nation
  • Robin Mayhew, ‎Program Manager, Long-Range Transportation Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Roger Millar, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation


Innovation Award Evaluation Criteria


Innovation Awards’ judges made every effort to award projects of diverse typologies, sizes, and locales (urban, suburban, and rural) based on their ability to meet Innovation Award evaluation criteria and the stated project goals.


Winning projects demonstrated how they impact their communities through walkable spaces, community engagement, and/or public policy supportive of walkable communities. In making their selection the Innovation Award judges considered the following when reviewing projects:


   Demonstrate pedestrian safety


   Create inviting and accessible walking environments and programs for the community that

support universal design measures and accommodate users of all abilities


   Provide opportunities and incentives for creating and utilizing critical links and connectivity

within its setting


   Achieve an appropriate design sensibility, resulting in vibrant neighborhoods, business

districts and communities


   Engage its community and incorporate a variety of viewpoints and expertise in the planning,

advocacy and ongoing upkeep of the project or program


   Provide guidance for policies, strategies and funding that support safer routes to schools,

parks, work, home and shopping


   Implement or promote important public policy that supports pedestrian transportation and

pedestrian-oriented spaces


   Result in and/or promote health, social, environmental and/or economic benefits

   Result in at least one measurable social, environmental, or economic improvement for the




Have you completed a project in the last three years that fits these criteria?

We would love to hear about it!

To nominate your project or one in your community for 2017, please complete the Walkable Washington Case Study Form.