Active Transportation Plan

Active transportation describes person-powered ways of getting around, such as walking and bicycling. The Active Transportation Plan provides a foundation for policies, procedures, investments, and improvements to the Washington state active transportation system.

Active Transportation Plan Part 1 2020 and Beyond

The Active Transportation Plan Part 1 2020 and Beyond (PDF 13MB), released in May 2021, is a compass for the future of walking and biking on or across state highways in Washington. It is used in decisions to help connect people to where they want to go, whether they use active transportation for the whole trip or just a part of it, such as the walk to a bus stop, the bike ride to work or rolling home from a ferry terminal. 

Plan highlights

  • Addresses factors most often associated with traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, such as higher driving speeds and roadway crossing issues.
  • Considers ways to correct for the effects of past infrastructure decisions on active transportation safety and mobility, particularly in places where those decisions affected transportation access and health. 
  • Provides a first-ever needs assessment of the state system for active transportation use.
  • Gives a cost estimate for walk and bike improvements on the state highway in population centers.
  • Introduces the concept of a statewide bikeways and trails network.
  • Uses “level of traffic stress” as a quantitative tool to evaluate the state system with a focus on state routes in population centers and how they affect people's ability to use active transportation.
  • Addresses the burden of out-of-direction travel for pedestrians and bicyclists, which was informed by WSDOT’s Multimodal Permeability Pilot (PDF 1.8MB), published in August 2021.

The plan is scheduled to be updated later this year with information from Part 2 which was recently available for public comment. The update will include performance metrics and strategies needed to move forward with the work. 

The Active Transportation Plan 2020 and Beyond is based on what we heard from public outreach.  It is intended to lead our future policy decisions, investments, and improvements. 

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14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.