Today the City of Seattle and SDOT released a Draft Pedestrian Master Plan (webpage, pdf). The plan, which has been in the works for 20 months, is designed to guide city investments in pedestrian facilities in a purposeful and efficient manner. The plan has four major goals.
- Safety – Reduce the number and severity of crashes involving pedestrians
- Equity – Make Seattle a more walkable city for all through equity in public engagement, service delivery, accessibility, and capital investments
- Vibrancy – Develop a pedestrian environment that sustains healthy communities and supports a vibrant economy
- Health – Raise awareness of the important role of walking in promoting health and preventing disease
The plan first looks at current conditions around Seattle identifying both the opportunities and challenges pedestrians face. It also identifies the places where there is the most potential for pedestrian improvements. This combined with crosswalk and sidewalking facility information is then used to prioritize investments. This is hot off the servers so I haven’t had much time to sift through everything. It looks like the plan is very narrowly focused on sidewalks and crosswalks and targets investments from Bridging the Gap into these. I am a little surprised because I was expecting to see a greater emphasis on place-making and pedestrian spaces, not just sidewalks and crosswalks. What are your thoughts? Reactions?
UPDATE: Here is Portland’s Pedestrian Master Plan. I like their emphasis on pedestrian districts and corridors.