Feet First Walking Audit Report


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Reviewed the following plans/reports:

  • Reviewed the following plans/reports:

  • Consultations with:

  • City of Seattle-DON/SDOT, Concord Elementary, Sea Mar, SPNA Traffic Subcommittee, King County Metro

  • Conducted Field Assessment

  • Community Walk

    • March 31st from Concord Elementary to Sea Mar
  • Developed Recommendations



Existing Inventory/Facilities

  • Existing Inventory/Facilities

  • Major Gaps

  • Recommended Improvements











Transit will be re-routed to the 1st Ave S Bridge after the closure of the South Park Bridge in June, 2010.

  • Transit will be re-routed to the 1st Ave S Bridge after the closure of the South Park Bridge in June, 2010.

  • Route 60 will drop service on S. Cloverdale St to the South Park Bridge and reroute north to 1st Ave S Bridge.







Sidewalks and walking conditions in the manufacturing/industrial areas function poorly, if at all. Most lack any pedestrian infrastructure and are given high priority in the South Park Action Agenda and mentioned in the Pedestrian Master Plan.

  • Sidewalks and walking conditions in the manufacturing/industrial areas function poorly, if at all. Most lack any pedestrian infrastructure and are given high priority in the South Park Action Agenda and mentioned in the Pedestrian Master Plan.



Lighting inventory is currently being studied.

  • Lighting inventory is currently being studied.





Installed curb ramps and repaired sidewalks throughout South Park

  • Installed curb ramps and repaired sidewalks throughout South Park









The unmarked crosswalk and the lack of pedestrian scale lighting make the walk along Cloverdale St between 14th Ave S and 5th Ave S difficult and potentially dangerous.

  • The unmarked crosswalk and the lack of pedestrian scale lighting make the walk along Cloverdale St between 14th Ave S and 5th Ave S difficult and potentially dangerous.

  • Intersection of Highway 99 and Cloverdale St pictured





The intersection of W Marginal Way, S Holden St and 2nd Ave S provides access to Pioneer Human Services, Northwest Center and several other South Park businesses from nearby transit. Crosswalks are needed in two places:

  • The intersection of W Marginal Way, S Holden St and 2nd Ave S provides access to Pioneer Human Services, Northwest Center and several other South Park businesses from nearby transit. Crosswalks are needed in two places:

  • Drainage issues and flooding of the unpaved streets from stormwater runoff, particularly in the manufacturing and industrial area, restricts pedestrians from walking to and from transit stops

  • S 96th St (located in unincorporated King County) lacks sidewalks to serve businesses at this location

  • The south side of SW Michigan St, just west of 2nd Ave SW, lacks a sidewalk. There is a bus stop here for Route 23 and several businesses across the street, including Seafreeze Cold Storage. The crosswalk at 2nd Ave SW and Michigan should be re-striped.



Complete pedestrian lighting. (Supports South Park Action Agenda) Lighting inventory is currently being studied

  • Complete pedestrian lighting. (Supports South Park Action Agenda) Lighting inventory is currently being studied

  • Complete sidewalk network in South Park, including:

    • Arterial bus route in northwestern South Park: 5th Ave S, S Holden St, and S Kenyon St
    • S 96th St in unincorporated King County
    • South side of SW Michigan St, west of 2nd Ave SW
  • Develop a program to pave roads in South Parks’ manufacturing industrial area:

    • Re-pave old arterials, such as S Holden St, 5th Ave S, Kenyon St, and 8th Ave S south of Trenton St.
    • Pave gravel roads
  • Provide/improve bus platform for transit users at 2nd Ave S and S Holden St.

  • Complete drainage work in lower basin creating improved pedestrian transit access

  • Repair, rebuild and realign stairs at 10th Ave S and Trenton/12th Ave S and Trenton

  • Work with community, government officials, agencies etc., to advocate for funding to replace the South Park Bridge in an expedited manner.



Improve the intersection of W Marginal Way S and S Holden St with additional crosswalks to provide transit riders access to nearby worksites.

  • Improve the intersection of W Marginal Way S and S Holden St with additional crosswalks to provide transit riders access to nearby worksites.

  • Investigate opportunities to connect bike and pedestrian infrastructure adjacent to the new transfer station (5th Ave S west of Highway 99)

  • Post signage to identify stairs at intersections

  • Evaluate drainage issues in the lower basin of South Park

  • Create an “Adopt a Walkway” business maintenance program to keep stairs free of debris. Adopt similar program for sidewalk cleaning in retail core

  • Identify and paint unmarked crosswalks and determine the need for signage near transit service for pedestrians (S Cloverdale St.) For example, provide a crosswalk at Cloverdale St and Highway 99 intersection.

  • Work with the freight community to identify patterns of unofficial truck route use so necessary pedestrian commute improvements can be implemented.

  • Develop a “Neighborhoods on Foot” Walking Map to highlight key transit access locations and walking routes with business identification for commuter use.

  • Provide on-street pedestrian wayfinding signage throughout South Park, highlighting transit locations.



Create/Maintain bilingual South Park business announcements (via designated block leaders) with updated information including: South Park Bridge public mtgs/notices, changes in access to transit and walking routes, etc.

  • Create/Maintain bilingual South Park business announcements (via designated block leaders) with updated information including: South Park Bridge public mtgs/notices, changes in access to transit and walking routes, etc.

  • Use existing resources/collaborate with non-profit agencies such as ECOSS and the Duwamish TMA to identify opportunities to pool/match funds to complete pedestrian improvement projects.

  • Work with business community to secure small grants to cover costs of business outreach programs and materials (bilingual) to include:

    • Incentive programs/Pre-tax benefits offered by TMA / King Co. Metro for pedestrian/transit commuters
    • Business Watch programs where businesses watch streets and report incidents to increase safety for pedestrians/community
    • Develop a map of South Park identifying rerouted transit stops and businesses to inform pedestrians of new access to transit
    • Work with King Co Health Dept to distribute literature about the health benefits of walking as a means of commuting
    • Anti-litter campaigns: Seasonal schedule for business clean up days to make walking more desirable
  • Advertise Feet First Walking Ambassador program to encourage walking. Provide “practice” walks/walking buddies from their worksite as start up program incentive

  • Host a Feet First business community “Walk and Talk” with Councilmember Tim Burgess to discuss barriers to walking: crime and safety issues.

  • Create a brochure for businesses/employees with customized commuting information for their worksite. Provide a map showing their worksite and key residential areas (highlight theirs) Provide employees with pedestrian commute options: best walking routes, access to transit and transit schedules.



In addition to the closure of the South Park Bridge, there are two larger transportation projects that will impact the South Park neighborhood: the Viaduct/Tunnel project and Spokane St Viaduct. Both will cause increased pressure on the 1st Ave S Bridge. The South Park Bridge replacement should be built without delay to absorb congestion from those projects. During the bridge “down” time, marketing alternative commuting options and providing improved facilities for pedestrians to access transit will help offset the resulting increased congestion.

  • In addition to the closure of the South Park Bridge, there are two larger transportation projects that will impact the South Park neighborhood: the Viaduct/Tunnel project and Spokane St Viaduct. Both will cause increased pressure on the 1st Ave S Bridge. The South Park Bridge replacement should be built without delay to absorb congestion from those projects. During the bridge “down” time, marketing alternative commuting options and providing improved facilities for pedestrians to access transit will help offset the resulting increased congestion.

  • The South Park Bridge closure will force the majority of the freight community, (local, regional and statewide) to shift north to the 1st Ave S Bridge. The demands on the 1st Ave S bridge to accommodate additional commuters and freight traffic will grow exponentially.

  • Non motorized commute options (biking, walking to work/walking to transit) save money, are a healthy alternative and a green solution. Collaborate with the King County Department of Health on outreach/marketing activities.

  • The Duwamish Transportation Management Association (TMA) is South Park’s local non-profit organization that provides assistance with non motorized commute needs. They are a resource and referral organization that serves as a liaison to WSDOT, SDOT, City Councilmembers, King County Metro, the Port of Seattle, and other Seattle transportation leaders. They are available to help South Park businesses .





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