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Enable safer, more active, and people­-first uses of the public right of way

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If We Shape the Future

We expand the network of pleasant public spaces and people-friendly streets. We can accommodate more green space as our population grows, which encourages more walking and biking. People feel safe walking along and across streets. Serious traffic collisions are eliminated and Seattle attains Vision Zero. The streets function well and goods are delivered efficiently.

If We Leave the Future to Chance

Car ownership may go down, but vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increase, leading to more congestion. Ride-hailing services crowd our curbs and e-commerce demands overwhelm our goods delivery system. The urban environment becomes more hostile to people walking, people with disabilities, older adults, and people riding bikes. Overwhelmed by these changes, our streets lose vibrancy.

Our Plan

New mobility services can potentially move more people using fewer vehicles. This would reduce the need for car storage (parking) and help us align our streets with our right of way priorities: mobility, access for people, and activation first; storage last. We can change the way we use our streets, sidewalks, and curbs. We can provide more space to people, while accommodating urban goods delivery. Managed appropriately, new mobility services can help us fulfill our Transit, Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Freight Master Plans, as well as achieve the goals of our Move Seattle strategy.

We will harness the efficiency benefits of shared mobility to make way for a future with great pedestrian spaces and community places, no fatal and serious traffic collisions, more reliable transit, and safe, convenient routes for people of all ages and abilities to ride their bikes. We will also partner with regional logistics leaders and startups to implement innovative policies and services that facilitate the movement of urban goods and e-commerce deliveries. We will:

Strategy 2.1

Recover street space and expand the public realm as the demands for access shift

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Strategy 2.2

Ensure that new mobility advances our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030

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Strategy 2.3

Support the development of efficient urban goods delivery and new freight technology solutions

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