Percent Walking, Biking, and Riding the Bus


How are we Doing?

Baseline: 22.3% in 2015

Most Recent: 21% in 2016

Goal: Increase

Target: Increase

Status: Yellow

Why is this indicator important?

The City is trying to make it easier for people to walk, bike and ride the bus. By using our cars less, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  When people walk, bike, and ride the bus, they can save money, and improve their own health as well as the health of the environment. As a community, when we drive less, our streets last longer, and because there is less traffic, we don't need to widen them as much. As we grow, if more people walk, bike and use transit, we can build a more sustainable city that is clean, safe and inviting.

What influences this indicator?

The City improves our streets to make it more inviting to walk, bike and ride the bus. We build sidewalks and bike lanes, make crosswalks safer and make it easier to get to bus stops.  If we thoughtfully design our streets, neighborhood, and shopping areas with people in mind instead of cars, we can influence a person's decision to walk, bike or ride the bus.

What are we doing about this?

  • Prioritize buses at traffic signals
  • Shift developer fees so that they fund bike, pedestrian and transit improvements
  • Repair downtown sidewalks
  • Improve Capitol, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson and Legion for all modes of travel
  • Implement the Greening Capitol Way Project
  • Update Engineering Design and Development Standards
  • Review designs and inspect infrastructure installed by private development
  • Plan and build an efficient, safe and diverse transportation system
  • Develop transportation education and incentive programs
  • Build Bike Corridors
  • Review and update development regulations to promote living and working on major streets with quality transit, pedestrian and biking opportunities
  • Build 22nd Avenue sidewalk
  • Build Ensign Road pathway
  • Build Fairview pathway

How do we measure progress on this?

Each year we count bicyclists, pedestrians, cars and transit riders passing through 11 points throughout the city on one day in March.