WSDOT Active Transportation Regional News Roundup, Oct. 2, 2019


WSDOT Walk and Roll E-News alternates between news round-ups like this one and a collection of trainings, grant opportunities, project updates, research and resources. It comes out 2-3 times per month. Most recent resource edition Sept. 16, 2019. Last regional news round-up Sept. 13, 2019.


List includes links to news stories and blogs/sites that provide ongoing coverage of active transportation. If our searches didn't bring us an article you think we should share, email it to with the subject line FOR WALK/ROLL NEWS.

Washington State

The Best and Worst U.S. Places to Live Car-Free

Lost Count: Washington State Doesn’t Know How Many Self-Driving Cars Are on the Roads

FHWA Safety Compass: Is it a Plan? Is it a Policy? Is it a Program? Yes! It's STEP Integration

To err is human; to forgive, design

Enter WSF's Twitter photo contest Sept. 30 - Oct. 4


List of bike blogs in Washington state

The Wise Drive, by Target Zero Manager Doug Dahl


Eastern Region


City of Chewelah begins sidewalk improvement projects


Millwood wins grant for warning devices at Marguerite Street rail crossing


Pullman Police add E-Bikes


With new federal rule, Spokane-area e-bike laws vary

SPD work to lower pedestrian crashes with a patrol emphasis

Temporary bike lane to connect university pedestrian bridge with greenway project

City of Spokane Spends $600K on Lime Scooter and Bike Parking

Public invited to Sept. 27 North Spokane Corridor Celebration of Progress

The North Spokane Corridor on track to open in 2029

Spokane in Motion project: Free screening of Motherload, pop-up bike lane


South Central Region

College Place

Sidewalk survey begins Friday


GWay work moves to next phase. Expect closed lanes and delays

Union Gap

What's in the Future of Union Gap? Road projects, development and new housing in the works

Walla Walla

Leaders address input on Touchet Valley Trail 


Officers urging drivers, pedestrians to be extra vigilant as it gets darker sooner


Southwest Region

Clark County

Comments Sought on $343.8 Million Transportation Program


Ridgefield project to make it safer for pedestrians to access wildlife refuge, downtown


Vehicular homicide suspect makes court appearance in Vancouver


Olympic Region

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge council weighs in on Highway 305-Day Road roundabout


Project will add bike lanes in downtown Bremerton

Clallam County

EYE ON CLALLAM: County to consider preliminary budget


Reach the Beach Washington Bike Ride from Lacey to Westport Coming September 28

Port Townsend

Ninth Street sidewalk construction begins


City seeks input on possible connector street


The Town of Steilacoom Reopens Steilacoom Boulevard through the Tunnel of Trees


Sumner community cut off from the rest of the city due to lack of infrastructure


What Kind of City Do We Want to Be? Tacoma and the Arguments Cities Make

Thurston County

Thurston County Seeks Input on Future for Parks and Trails


North Central Region

Wenatchee Valley

Hiking Event Prompts Community to Get Their Steps in for a Good Cause

Public Hearing Announced for Wenatchee Townhomes


Northwest Region

Ferry Ridership Growing in the Region (PDF)

Foot ferry ridership skyrocketing in Puget Sound region

Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties


Second phase of Peace Portal Community Trail now complete

Local man builds eco-friendly electric bikes

Whatcom County

Coast Millennium Trail: Whatcom County’s Planned Border-to-Border Bike Route

Northwest Region: Snohomish and King Counties


Auburn to get ST funds for intersection fix-its


Bellevue tries out technology to help improve dangerous intersections

Federal Way

Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash in Federal Way


Sound Transit awards pedestrian crossing grant to city of Kent

King County

Sound Transit awards first round of System Access Funds

Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace approves plans for town center upzone


2019 Great Places in America (Cleveland Street in Redmond)


Census survey: Biking, walking and transit up as commute data corrects itself + Driving alone down to 44.5%

Census reports steady growth in local transit use, walking

Bike lanes, bus lanes, sidewalks: What’s in Mayor Durkan’s proposed 2020 transportation budget 

BIKES ON PIKE: ‘Huge for commuters or those not as comfortable on a bike’

Lime aims to roll into Seattle council meeting with plenty of scooter support

Lidding I-5 Declared “Technically Feasible” by Consultant Team


City of Tukwila receives over $2.4 million in System Access Funds from Sound Transit


Equity in the Commons

Why I won’t “try on” disability to build empathy in the design process (and you should think twice about it.)

Report: Dangers of Pedestrian Texting Overblown

Speed Is Killing the Planet. Time to Focus on Efficiency

Four Ways Traffic Engineers Thwart Public Will

Short Trips Favor E-Scooters and E-Bikes Over Cars

Wheels, Scooters, and the Centuries-Old Fight for City Streets

How to build a better state DOT, the digest

The top twenty reasons to ignore TTI’s latest Urban Mobility Report

We Asked Four Major Trail Organizations for their Thoughts on eMTB Trail Access

New Metro Report: Understanding How Women Travel


Urban Freight Will Keep Growing, but it Doesn’t Have to Look Like This

Death on the Streets: Cars and the mythology of road safety

Why Are We Building Separated Bike Lanes? Why Not Slow the Streets?


Parting Thoughts

Inclusive Urbanism Reading List