Active Transportation Plan

SR 520 bike path and bicyclers

The Active Transportation Plan 2020 and Beyond - Part 1 (PDF 12.4MB) released in May 2021 serves as a compass for the future of walking and biking on or across state highways in Washington.  It will be 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.  

The Active Transportation Plan is based on what we heard from public outreach.  That information will lead our future policy decisions, investments, and improvements. 

More to Come

The Active Transportation Plan 2020 and Beyond Part 2 will be released in the summer of 2021.  It will include proposed policy/practice changes, performance metrics and next steps.  Use the links below to receive future updates about the ATP Part 2 and for other active transportation related news: 

  • ATP E-news: This occasional email will tell you what's happening next in the planning process and invite you to take future surveys. Subscribe to ATP News.
  • WSDOT Walk and Roll: WSDOT Active Transportation e-news: Information on a wide range of topics related to active transportation in Washington State, including grants, training opportunities, and technical information in addition to news on the Active Transportation Plan. - Subscribe to WSDOT Walk and Roll.
  • On social media: Use the #WSDOTactive tag to find news you can share.

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