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What is your New Year’s Resolution? BTG can help keep you on track

The Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in 2006, is working hard to make Seattle more walkable.  Over the first six years of the program more than 90 blocks of new sidewalks have been constructed through the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) sidewalk development program.  New sidewalks can be found all across the city.

Sidewalks are an important piece of transportation infrastructure.  They connect our communities and help provide safe alternatives to get from home, work, school or play.  In 2012, twelve blocks of new sidewalks were constructed along busy roadways that serve schools, business districts and key transit corridors.  Projects were constructed along Ravenna Avenue Northeast and North 125th Streets in the north and along South Orcas Street in the south.  Each of these projects saw sidewalks providing important linkages between neighborhoods.


You might be asking yourself, “How does SDOT determine where to construct new sidewalks”? There are many factors that impact the decision, one important tool guiding SDOT is the Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP).  The PMP is a long-term action plan to that establishes the policies, programs, design criteria and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods.  This plan serves as a blueprint to help SDOT make decisions that are fair and serve all neighborhoods across the city.

Now that 2013 is here, it’s time to get out and explore the new pedestrian connections that have been made thanks to BTG.  A little rain only adds to the fun and makes for an great adventure!  For information on SDOT’s Pedestrian program or the PMP please visit their webpage.  For information on BTG please visit their webpage.