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PMPAG Neighborhood Pedestrian System Audit

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  • Kate Martin
    Hello. At the PMPAG steering committee meeting on Monday, Dec 3, there was some dialogue about public engagement strategy. I would like to see a very
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      Hello. 

       

      At the PMPAG steering committee meeting on Monday, Dec 3, there was some dialogue about public engagement strategy.  I would like to see a very Seattle-specific audit tool developed to use for public engagement.  I would like the PMPAG to develop it and test it themselves and prepare it for greater community use. 

       

      This is just a shot at some of the things we can look at.  It would be great if we could be very interactive about developing this tool.  We talked about working on this at the next PMPAG steering committee meeting on December 17th.  Becca said she would also dig up other audit tools for our review between now and then. 

       

      Please offer your input.

       

      Thanks. 

       

      Kate

       

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      PMPAG Draft Neighborhood Pedestrian System Audit

       

      A system for rating the quality of the neighborhood pedestrian system in terms of public health & safety, human comfort, and quality of life. 

       

      Transit:

      • sidewalk / no sidewalk on transit route
      • signaled crossing / unsignaled crossing at transit stop
      • all citizens can cross safely at bus stop / all citizens cannot cross safely at bus stop
      • clean / unclean bus stop
      • shelter / no shelter
      • lighting in shelter / no lighting in shelter
      • pedestrian level lighting at bus stop / no pedestrian level lighting at bus stop
      • bench / no bench
      • schedule at bus stop / no schedule at bus stop
      • digital readout with schedule of next bus arrival / no digital readout of schedule
      • bus comes regularly as scheduled / bus does not come regularly as scheduled
      • bus comes regularly on days and at times other than peak commuter times / bus does not come regularly on days and at times other than peak commuter times
      • all citizens (incl. women, children, handicapped, etc.) feel safe getting to and waiting at stop / all citizens (incl. women, children, handicapped, etc.) do not feel safe getting to and waiting at stop
      • puddling douses bus stop and riders / no puddling

       

               

      Sidewalks and planting strip:

      • sidewalk / no sidewalk
      • detached from curb with buffer or planting strip / attached without buffer
      • at least 5’ unobstructed width / less than 5’ unobstructed width
      • clean pavement / dirty pavement
      • level navigable pavement / heaved pavement difficult or dangerous to navigate
      • trees / no trees
      • plants and pits well maintained / plants and pits not well maintained
      • furniture for human comfort / no furniture
      • pedestrian level lighting / no pedestrian level lighting
      • vehicles restricted from left turns midblock across sidewalk
      • all citizens feel safe walking this route / not all citizens feel safe walking this route
      • puddling along curb splashes pedestrians on sidewalk / no puddling

       

       

      Arterials:

      • more than 1 lane each direction / 1 lane each direction
      • bus route / not a bus route
      • bike route / not a bike route
      • curb or street edge / no curb or street edge
      • sidewalk / no sidewalks
      • buffer or planting strip / no buffer or planting strip
      • planted median / no planted median
      • road diet / no road diet
      • parking does not block passage on sidewalks / parking blocks passage on sidewalks          
      • drivers move at speeds that match conditions and speed limits / vehicles move at speeds that don’t match conditions and speed limits
      • drivers anticipate and yield to people in crosswalks / vehicles don’t yield to people in crosswalks
      • drivers seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general / drivers do not seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general
      • regular enforcement of traffic laws / no regular enforcement of traffic laws

       

       

      Residential Streets:

      • curb or street edge / no curb or street edge
      • no or little cut through traffic / moderate to high cut through traffic
      • parking does not block passage on sidewalks / parking blocks passage on sidewalks          
      • drivers move at speeds that match conditions and speed limits / vehicles move at speeds that don’t match conditions and speed limits
      • drivers anticipate and yield to people in crosswalks / vehicles don’t yield to people in crosswalks
      • drivers seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general / people do not seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general
      • regular enforcement of traffic laws / no regular enforcement of traffic laws

       

       

      Crosswalks and intersections:

      • Signaled / Unsignaled
      • curb bulb / no curb bulb
      • distance between crosswalks or blocks 300’ or shorter / Blocks longer than 300’
      • distance between signaled crosswalks is 600’ or shorter / distance between signaled crosswalks is more than 600’
      • Stop line for cars to increase visibility / no stop line for cars to increase visibility
      • Parking prohibited within 35’ of crosswalk / Parking allowed around crosswalk
      • Curb ramps / no curb ramps
      • Curb ramps both directions / curb ramp diagonal
      • turning pockets with signals / no turning pocket with signals
      • crosswalk illuminated / crosswalk not illuminated
      • raised crosswalk / not raised crosswalk
      • median or refuge available for multi-lane arterials / no median or refuge available for multi-lane arterials
      • drivers behave at crosswalk / drivers do not behave at crosswalk
      • bikes behave at intersection / bikes don’t behave at intersection
      • pedestrians behave at crosswalk / pedestrians don’t behave at crosswalk
      • crosswalk safety infrastructure in place at unsignaled crosswalks / no crosswalk infrastructure inplace at unsignaled crosswalks

       

                 

      Schools

      • schools have speed zones / schools don’t have speed zones
      • schools have signaled crossing / schools have unsignaled crossing
      • crosswalks marked / crosswalks not marked-metro riding students have reliably safe route to school / metro riding students do not have reliable safe routes to schools
      • drivers move at speeds that match conditions and speed limits / vehicles move at speeds that don’t match conditions and speed limits
      • drivers anticipate and yield to people in crosswalks / vehicles don’t yield to people in crosswalks drivers seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general / people do not seem to understand and respect traffic laws in general
      • regular enforcement of traffic laws / no regular enforcement of traffic laws

       

       

      Walkable destinations within 1/4 mile

      • grocery
      • café
      • drug store
      • hardware
      • bar
      • library
      • post office
      • community center
      • recreation facility
      • park
      • school
      • church
      • restaurants

       

       

      Walkable destinations within 1/2 mile

      • grocery
      • café
      • drug store
      • hardware
      • bar
      • library
      • post office
      • community center
      • recreation facility
      • park
      • school
      • church
      • restaurants

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Kate Martin

      office (206) 783-6538

      cell (206) 579-3703

      katemartin@...

       

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