Exceptional Mobility Networks

Safe and well-organized streets for every form of travel

The vision

  • Every street has a clearly defined role in moving people and goods
  • An interconnected bike, walking, transit, and freight network serves people of all ages and abilities
  • Travel is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable in greater downtown
  • People have intuitive, accessible, and connected paths of travel, no matter what mode they use

How we'd get there

Establish modal priorities and mode-shares throughout greater downtown

Examples:

  • A hierarchy of modes and target mode-shares
  • Match the proportion of public right-of-way to mode share targets

Build-out a complete bike network

Example:

  • Create a seamlessly connected network of safe bicycle facilities

Increase water transit and water use for all types of trips

Example:

  • Water taxis, kayaks, canoe put-in locations

Create a fully walkable and accessible downtown with a complete network of hill climbs

Example:

  • Open up and add wayfinding to navigate indoor escalators and elevators, particularly in privately-owned buildings, public plazas and breezeways

Connected transit network supports speed and reliability

Example:

  • Create a network of transit priority lanes

Freight and delivery systems support a thriving downtown

Example:

  • Policies and timing for goods delivery is optimized to avoid traffic delay

Consider ride-free options for all mobility devices based on origin, destination, or day of the week

Example:

  • Provide free transit on weekends, in certain zones, and/or during special events

How we strive for equity

  • Make it safe, easy, and intuitive for children and older adults to travel independently
  • Make low-barrier transportation options the easiest way to get around (walking, biking, transit) and ensure pedestrians are prioritized for the health and economic benefits of walking

icons of two people walking a dog with text bubbles above their heads

What we've heard

  • Build out the bike network downtown so riding is a safe and connected option
  • Design walking streets with landscaping, benches, and amenities to create places for rest and socializing

Great examples from Seattle and beyond

 Image shows a street level view of a two way bike lane in the city, delivery trucks parked parallel to the lanes with a row of plastic bollards acting as a physical barrier. Two cyclists stopped at a red light are having a conversation and nearby them, two other pedestrians are waiting to cross the street. The street is lined by tall green trees on either side.

Seattle’s Second Avenue protected bicycle lanes create a physically separate and comfortable north-south connection through downtown, the start of a complete network.
Photo credit: Nelson\Nygaard

a group of people set out on a water taxi called the rainbow hunter, a wooden boat about 40 feet long with a small cabin and awning

Vancouver's water taxis provide essential transportation services for commuters and tourists alike. Travelers may carry-on bicycles, strollers, and wheelchairs for a multimodal and accessible experience.
Photo credit: Tony Hisgett

Photo of a city map posted on the street with pedestrian wayfinding details. In the background a grey office building stands behind several trees.

WalkNYC in New York establishes a standard for pedestrian wayfinding, creating a legible network and system for people walking and finding the most pleasant pathways.
Photo credit: NYCDOT