Designing for pedestrians

Must pedestrian facilities be included in all projects?

WSDOT requires that bicycle and pedestrian facilities be included in new construction and reconstruction projects in all urbanized areas absent exceptional circumstances.

Action Plan for Implementing Pedestrian Crossing Countermeasures at Uncontrolled Locations (pdf 2 mb)

This action plan provides recommendations for process change to help WSDOT better understand the overall system: 

  • Where pedestrian crossing needs exist;
  • How to prioritize unmet need and make best use of existing and future funding; 
  • How to obtain the right mix of effective treatments. 

What design standards apply to projects?

The FHWA Federal-Aid Policy Guide provides that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) or equivalent guides developed in cooperation with State and local officials, to provide uniform minimum standards and criteria for the design and construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. 

WSDOT has endorsed the National Association of City Transportation Professionals (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide and some local jurisdictions have adopted their own standards that add to the AASHTO Guidance.

WSDOT Pedestrian Design Guidance for State Highways (outside cities)

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Design Treatments