Seattle's New Updated Pedestrian Master Plan Includes $22 Million for Sidewalks

The promised update for the city of Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan was released to the public last week.

Read Time: 1 minute

March 27, 2017, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Walking the Dog

Lucy Autrey Wilson / Shutterstock

The city of Seattle recently announced a series of pedestrian safety investments, as guided by the city's updated Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) and Vision Zero initiative.

The big ticket item of the updated PMP: $22 million in sidewalk improvements, paid for by the Move Seattle levy. According to a press release released by Mayor Ed Murray, the PMP "focuses these investments by prioritizing sidewalks that provide safer access to schools and transit options. The PMP is guided by an equity consideration, ensuring under-served communities are prioritized for pedestrian improvements."

In addition to the $22 million targeted by the city's updated Pedestrian Master Plan, the city also announced the acceleration of the second phase of the Rainier Avenue corridor safety improvements project. "Vision Zero improvements may include marked crosswalks, dedicated left turn arrows, channelization upgrades, and new signal timing to prioritize pedestrians," according to the press release from the Mayor's Office. The announcement solidifies rumblings about the future of the project from February.

For more on the update process that produced this $22 million priority on curbs around the city, see Ryan Packer calling for concrete improvements in a post from December 2016.

Monday, March 20, 2017 in Office of the Mayor Edward B. Murray

Chicago Commute

The Right to Mobility

As we consider how to decarbonize transportation, preserving mobility, especially for lower- and middle-income people, must be a priority.

January 26, 2023 - Angie Schmitt

Aerial view of dense single-family homes in neighborhood still under construction

How Virginia Counties Use Zoning to Stifle Development

Some state legislators are proposing action at the state level as counties block development using zoning and development requirements even as housing prices rise sharply in the region.

January 23, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

New York City Coronavirus

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

January 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

Rendering of red seven-story student housing building with students walking in open grassy plaza in front of building

L.A. Times Editorial Board Calls for CEQA Reform

The Board argues that the environmental law, while important, has too often been ‘weaponized’ by NIMBY groups to delay or halt housing development.

January 31 - Los Angeles Times

Seattle buses in line at a depot with Seattle skyline in background

Seattle Brings Free Transit to Public Housing

Linking transit programs to housing can lower administrative costs and streamline the process for riders.

January 31 - Route Fifty

Broad street in downtown Columbus, Ohio with two pedestrians in crosswalk

Columbus Could Lower Downtown Speed Limits

The city council will vote on a proposal to lower speed limits to 25 miles per hour to improve safety and make downtown more walkable and welcoming to pedestrians.

January 31 - The Columbus Dispatch