How Seattle Implements Complete Streets

  • Consider the recommendations of the Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit and Freight Plans
  • Consider the recommendations of other sub-area and neighborhood plans
  • Analyze available traffic data
  • Use the Complete Streets Checklist
  • Update design standards regularly

One of Seattle's goals is to consistently apply Complete Streets principles to the entire street network so that all streets in the city accommodate all users to the extent practical.  Seattle's policy goes well beyond our Bicycle Master Plan and our Pedestrian Master Plan in that it covers all major roads in the system. Most major maintenance and construction projects are evaluated using our Complete Streets Checklist with the focus of the review being larger capital projects, such as roadway repaving or bridge rehabilitation, where the final street design is the result of leveraging multiple project elements and fund sources to create a Complete Street.  The checklist, updated frequently, is a tool to collect data and information about the status of the street and surroundings, as well as the details of the project, with a goal of identifying specific improvements that can be incorporated into the project to support and balance the needs of all users.

Data and information compiled in the checklist include traffic volume, street classification and type; an inventory of sidewalk condition, crosswalks, transit facilities, and parking restrictions; and recommendations from existing neighborhood and bicycle, pedestrian, transit and freight plans.  We also update our street design standards on a regular basis to incorporate best practices. With a Complete Streets policy firmly in place, Seattle will continue to offer options for getting around the city, with and without cars, and enjoy the added benefits of keeping Seattleites active, getting us in touch with our neighborhoods and our neighbors, and building a 21st century transportation system. 

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Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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