Regional trails, sidewalks, and roadway network utilization

This strategy aims at creating a regional coalition of transportation and government organizations committed to addressing transportation challenges. The utilization will close the existing gaps between bikes and ped trail systems.

Key characteristics




WSDOT regions

Other names

  • Active Transportation

Strategy description

Regional trails, sidewalks, and roadway network utilization is part of a broader movement towards active transportation and sustainable transportation options that emphasize the creation of safe, accessible, and interconnected transportation networks and provide a variety of options for getting around, whether by foot, bike, or public transportation.

When to use this strategy

This strategy is suggested when a region plans to utilize its trails, sidewalks, and roadway network.


  • Increased physical activity because people are more likely to engage in physical activity by providing safe and accessible walking and cycling routes.
  • Enhanced connectivity between neighborhoods with an interconnected network of sidewalks, trails, and public transportation options.
  • Environmental benefits because encouraging active transportation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable land use practices.
  • Reduced traffic congestion by promoting walking, cycling, and public transportation
  • Improved safety by providing safe and well-maintained walking and cycling infrastructure

What you need in order to implement

Policy needs:

  • Agencies should develop and implement plans policies to promote the regional trails, sidewalks, and roadway network interconnectedness and utilization

Coordination needs:

  • Agencies should coordinate with local business groups, pedestrian advocacy groups, social justice groups, and their own planning and engineering staff to ensure all users are being serviced.

Equipment needs:

  • Equipment ranges from signing and striping to traffic signal equipment, depending on the pedestrian facility that is being implemented.

About key characteristics

Cost notes:

The cost for implementing regional trails, sidewalks, and roadway network utilization would be medium if all the trails, sidewalks, and roadway network already exist.

Technology notes:

The technology needs are low because minimum technologies are involved for this strategy.

Collaboration notes:

Collaboration is considered high because multiple agencies should be brought together for the regional trails, sidewalks, and roadway network utilization to be successful.  In some cases staff from local or regional parks agencies should be brought into the collaborative process.

Need or issue this strategy addresses