Washington State Active Transportation Plan Draft Released

The Washington State Department of Transportation is undertaking a legally mandated update of its plan for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

December 30, 2020, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The state of Washington has published a draft of part one of its updated State Active Transportation Plan. The draft is the first step toward updating a plan approved by the state in 2008.

"Part one of the plan is in large part devoted to high level concepts around walking, biking, and rolling facilities, overall purpose and need, the current state of Washington’s active transportation infrastructure, and what WSDOT has heard from community member while conducting public outreach for the plan," according to the assessment of an article by Ryan Packer.

"Part two, which will come out next year, will cover specific policy topics around project implementation, performance measures, and next steps for developing an actual implementation plan- in other words, even deeper into the weeds," adds Packer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation, responsible for the plan, will receive public comment on the draft until February 15, 2021. Totaling 184 pages, the entire draft is a big bite to chew, so Packer is offering insight into a particularly rich section of the report—Chapter 4, which examines the potential costs of the state's active transportation needs and priorities.

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