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WSDOT Active Transportation Plan – Background and context

State law requires WSDOT to develop a bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways plan (RCW 47.06.100). The plan must propose a statewide strategy for addressing bicycle and pedestrian transportation that addresses these items:

  • integration of bicycle and pedestrian pathways with other transportation modes;
  • coordination between local governments, regional agencies, and the state in how we collectively provide facilities;
  • the role of such facilities in reducing traffic congestion;
  • an assessment of statewide bicycle and pedestrian transportation needs.

State law lists policy goals of the transportation system that apply across all modes of transportation (RCW 47.04.280):

  • Economic vitality
  • Environment
  • Mobility
  • Preservation
  • Safety
  • Stewardship

The State Active Transportation Plan will provide details around how active transportation supports these policy goals and how the needs of people walking, bicycling and rolling should be addressed in an integrated, sustainable multimodal transportation system.

More about planning at WSDOT, including links to plans for other modes of transportation: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/default.htm

WSDOT collaborates with the state Recreation and Conservation Office, State Parks, the Transportation Improvement Board, and other state and local agencies. The Recreation and Conservation Office is responsible for developing a statewide trails plan that includes some trails that provide transportation connections.

The analysis and recommendations from the State Active Transportation Plan will support and be supported by the work of our partners. We have reached out to them in the development of this plan and will continue to connect with them as the plan is implemented and updated.