Welcome to our online open house for the State Active Transportation Plan. We’re working for a future in which walking and rolling connections are complete and comfortable. As a result of creating this network, Washingtonians of all ages and abilities/disabilities will be able to walk, bike or roll to get where they want to go, the same way that people driving have a complete network that was built over time.
Two places on this site for your input by Sunday Dec. 15, 2019
- We want your opinion: Links to a form with questions about your transportation usage, challenges and priorities.
- Take this questionnaire even if you responded to our earlier survey spring 2019. New questions need your input.
- Map analysis for your feedback: A preview draft of our new way of assessing state routes for walking, bicycling and rolling
Improving walk/bike connections improves mobility and safety for everyone. When you or your neighbors can walk or bike, whether it’s to the store or to a bus stop to go farther, that’s one less car ahead at the next stoplight and one more parking spot left open for someone else. This makes the transportation system more sustainable over the long run for people using every mode of transportation.
To get to this future, WSDOT is planning for active transportation the same way we plan for the highway system and for the other modes of transportation: transit, ferries, rail, and aviation. With a long-term plan we can make the best use of transportation investments to build a system that works for everyone.
Creating a complete, comfortable network for people walking or rolling will involve connections on local, county and state roads and trails. This phase of the plan primarily analyzes state routes. In a future phase we intend to do more analysis of connections to the local system.
What is active transportation?
By “active transportation” we mean using an active means of travel such as walking, biking or skateboarding to get from one place to another.
It includes using a mobility assistive device such as a wheelchair or walker.
It also includes running when used for transportation—we’ve heard from some run commuters and their trips count as transportation.
100% of Washingtonians use active transportation at some point in a trip, whether walking to a bus stop, bicycling to work or rolling from the ferry landing to a vehicle in the parking lot. Our plan includes all these trips because you’re using an active transportation space or facility even if it isn’t for the longest portion of your journey.
Who Is a Bicyclist?
A person using some version of a bicycle. This includes e-bikes and tricycles under Washington state law.
Who Is a Pedestrian?
A person walking or rolling. This term as we use it includes using personal mobility devices such as skateboards and foot scooters and using mobility assistance such as a wheelchair, cane, or walker. This matches usage in federal safety statistics.
Questions we will address in the plan
Under state law we’re required to have a plan with a statewide strategy for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. We need to plan for mobility and safety, coordinate with local governments, and improve connections to other means of transportation for people walking or rolling. We’re developing information to address these questions:
- What enables people of all ages and abilities/disabilities to get from here to there safely?
- Where do people connect to transit, ferries, rail, and air?
- For both WSDOT facilities and important connections to local systems, what should we do first to work toward complete, comfortable connections for all?
- What facilities does WSDOT own and how well do these serve a safe, accessible, connected network?
- What do we do now in funding and policy, what are the results, and what needs to change?
- How do we track and report meaningful progress?
We will monitor responses to the questionnaire linked here and may adjust the schedule to ensure we get input from across Washington.
- March 2019: Work began on technical analysis
- April 2019 – ongoing: Outreach to inform the public about the planning process
- October – December 2019: Online open house and community events
- December 2019 – January 2020: Prepare draft plan
- February 2020: Internal review, enhance connections with other plans
- March – April 2020: Draft plan open for public comment
- April – May 2020: Revise plan based on public comments; release final plan
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Active Transportation Division, WSDOTactive@wsdot.wa.gov