Bellevue, WA

Level: silver
Population: 132,100
Population Density: 3,953/sq. mi.
Pedestrian Plan
Program Website
Contact: Paula Stevens

Community Highlights

Bellevue is designated as a Silver-level community due to its excellent engineering practices, planning programs, and high mode share for transit and walking. Highlights of Bellevue’s application include:

  • The Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan, which has guided pedestrian and bicycle system investments in Bellevue for over two decades. The city also issues yearly progress reports about plan implementation, and updates the plan about every five years.
  • The Practices and Priority Guidance for Allocation of Crosswalk Related Resources, which is used to develop annual and five-year project lists. The city has six categories of crossing treatments that help city engineers verify that the marked crosswalk site meets applicable standards and principles, while also allowing staff to contemplate additional enhancements.
  • The walking mode share in Bellevue is four percent; however, considering the city’s 11% mode share for transit, there are certainly many more people who include walking as part of their commute trips. Good service hours and headways make transit an attractive option for residents and the city is continually evaluating its service with the Measures of Effectiveness report, part of the Bellevue Transit Master Plan.
  • Elementary schools in Bellevue have 20 mph school zones, and most schools have flashing beacons to accompany the reduced speed limit signs. The city has seen significant reduction in speed after installing photo-enforcement systems around two elementary schools that are located along arterial roads.