Classifying Walking Environments
The Pedestrian Program Plan classifies walking environments according to the degree of pedestrian friendliness:
|Pedestrian Place |
These are areas where people gather, such as outdoor seating, a water feature, or pedestrian-oriented shopping.
|Pedestrian Supportive |
These are safe environments for walking, where sidewalks are continuous and buffered from the street.
|Pedestrian Tolerant |
These are areas and corridors where walking is technically safe, but land use patterns discourage walking.
|Pedestrian Intolerant |
These are areas where walking is unsafe and unattractive, such as near freeway corridors, industrial, or undeveloped areas.
The design of sidewalks has a direct impact on pedestrian friendliness. Buffers, sidewalk width, and setback of adjacent land all impact the level of pedestrian friendliness:
Through the use of policies that impact street, sidewalk, and setback designs, the City of Redmond will systematically work to eliminate all Pedestrian Intolerant environments within public street rights-of-way. The goal is to create Pedestrian Supportive infrastructure wherever practical and feasible.
Other Blog Postings on Community Studies
Here’s a list of other Redmond Library blog postings on community studies:
|Engage: Redmond Library 2009 Community Study|
|Communities Count 2008: Social & Health Indicators Across King County|
|Sound Transit’s Plans for Redmond|
|Redmond Community Indicators 2008|