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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

Non-motorized transportation citizen committees were included in the State Plan’s example activities because of their effectiveness in advocating for policy and infrastructure changes that support physical activity.  The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board offers a model for involving community members in developing safe and active environments. Founded by a temporary resolution in 1993, the Pedestrian Advisory Board was made permanent by Seattle City Council Resolution 29532 in 1997. The Board is composed of 11 regular members - six appointed by the Mayor and five appointed by the Council.

The Advisory Board:

  • Advises the Mayor, City Council and all departments and offices of the City on matters related to pedestrians: including the impact which actions by the City may have upon the pedestrian environment;
  • Contributes to all aspects of the City's planning and project development processes insofar as they may relate to pedestrian safety and access;
  • Promotes improved pedestrian safety and access by evaluating and recommending changes in City design guidelines and policies.

Priorities of the Board are described in Six Steps to a More Walkable Seattle and include:

  • Proportionate funding equity for pedestrian improvements
  • Preserve and enhance the streetscape and the pedestrian experience
  • Active enforcement against blockages and encumbrances on sidewalks
  • Position utility poles and parking meters to lessen pedestrian way interference
  • Cleaner sidewalks
  • Public education campaign


The Board monitors achievement of its goals and the status of its work program.  Outcomes are reported in an annual report to the Mayor and City Council (2005 Report).

Target Audience

Residents, commuters, visitors, policymakers, advocacy organizations