City of Spokane Pedestrian Master Plan

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pedestrian Plan Mapping Utility

Walking is the most fundamental transportation choice -- the starting place for all journeys, even as people walk to their cars, transit, or bicycle to move between the places they visit throughout a day. Despite the fact that nearly all Spokane residents walk at some point, the details of the walking environment go largely unexamined, as for most people in Spokane the duration of a walking trip is so short, that a facility of any quality that connects two places with a shortest path will do.

Spokane, like cities across the country is choosing to redesign its streets. These redesigns can provide a high quality barrier free walking environment that supports increased levels of physical activity, important connections to transit, and more transportation options for all. Of particular note in considering these changes is that the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 2000) is expecting diverse shared mobility options. According to the 2010 Census, the 85.4 million Millennials who make up close to 28% of the total U.S. population are traveling differently. Compared to their parents' generation, Millennials are:

  • Purchasing fewer cars and driving less
  • Not obtaining their driver's license
  • Biking, walking, and taking transit more

The Pedestrian Master Plan includes the following sections to support a more walkable Spokane:

  • Goals for the pedestrian environment
  • Description of the basic elements of providing a quality pedestrian experience
  • Assessment of existing conditions for walking today
  • Recommended policies and actions

The Plan also provides a number of relevant best practices which are intended to serve as a toolbox for Spokane as it addresses key pedestrian improvements. The best practices should be used to inform opportunities to improve and enhance Spokane's existing pedestrian environment.

Background Information

There was a public hearing before the City of Spokane City Council on November 2, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to receive public testimony on the proposed ordinance amending the City of Spokane Comprehensive Plan adopting a Pedestrian Master Plan as a subarea plan.

More information

The Spokane City Plan Commission held a public hearing on a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment to adopt a Pedestrian Master Plan on September 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, lower level of Spokane City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201.

The public comment period for written comments regarding this Comprehensive Plan amendment was held open until the end of the public hearing on this amendment.

On Wednesday, September 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chase Gallery at Spokane City Hall, there will be an Open House Meeting for the Draft Pedestrian Master Plan.

City staff was also available at the City Council Chambers on the day of the hearing between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to answer questions regarding the proposed Pedestrian Master Plan.

SEPA Determination: A Determination of Nonsignificance was issued on September 4, 2015 under WAC 197-11-340(2); The comment period ended September 18, 2015. More Information (PDF 959 KB).