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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Seeks New Members

Are you an avid walker interested in making Seattle the most walkable city in the nation?  Then the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board needs you!

The Advisory Board, also known as SPAB or the Ped Board, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan, advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation. 

Board members receive briefings on projects big and small.  From new sidewalks to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, SPAB members have a chance to shape the future of our city’s pedestrian infrastructure for years to come. 

“We want Seattle to become a ‘walking city.’ People will walk in ever increasing numbers. We will want to walk; we will walk safely and with pleasure; we will walk for whatever reasons and at whatever times we choose. In Seattle, walking will be a way of life…”.  This is the vision of the Ped Board.  If this statement is in line with your way of life, then SPAB is right for you. 

Board members serve a two-year term with an opportunity to serve a second term.  Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees.  The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry. 

Mayor McGinn and City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions.  Women, youth, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest by email by December 17 to Brian Dougherty at

For more information, contact Brian via phone at (206) 684-5124 or via email at