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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Cascade Bicycle Club

Cascade Bicycle ClubBackground

Cascade Bicycle Club supported local governments to develop "Complete Streets" ordinances in the CPPW partner communities of Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent, Federal Way and Snoqualmie. These new ordinances will emphasize that new and reconstructed roadways meet the safety and mobility needs of all travelers, especially pedestrians, bicyclists and those with visual or mobility impairments.

Cascade Bicycle Club also worked with partners to evaluate alternative "Levels of Service," a tool traffic engineers use to evaluate and improve wait times on roads. New levels of service will include biking and walking travel when evaluating intersection delays. Having engineers look through an active transportation lens is a powerful tool to improve the walking and biking environment.

Finally, Cascade Bicycle Club worked with our partners to introduce a new tool called the Transportation Programming Tool or TPT. The TPT will consider how road construction projects affect the community's health and will help prioritize projects that make it safer and easier for residents to bike, walk and be physically active.

How we did it

Cascade Bicycle Club developed three comprehensive user guides and conducted 13 workshops in Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent, Federal Way and Snoqualmie, on:

  • Complete Streets
  • Multimodal Level of Service methodologies
  • Quantifying and prioritizing non-motorized transportation projects based

Cascade directly reached over 100 people through these trainings.

What we accomplished

Cascade Bicycle Club's work contributed to the successful adoption of policies and plans in each of the CPPW partner communities. Specifically, Complete Streets ordinances were adopted in Burien, Des Moines, Snoqualmie and Federal Way. Bicycle and Pedestrian plans were adopted in Federal Way and SeaTac, and a conceptual bicycle plan is currently being developed in Kent. Burien adopted a transportation element of their Comprehensive plan incorporating a multimodal layered network concept and multimodal levels of service.

Ultimately, the policies and plans adopted as a result of this grant will benefit thousands of people that live within the CPPW communities by providing safe and healthy options for people walk and bicycle, resulting in additional trips made by these modes and increasing levels of physical activity.