Spokane Downtown Plan Update: Pedestrian Strategy

Spokane Downtown Plan Update: Pedestrian Strategy
Location Spokane Washington
Organization City of Spokane, Spokane Regional Health District, The Lands Council

The Lands Council, City of Spokane, and Spokane Regional Health District conducted a rapid HIA of the pedestrian portion of the multi-modal transportation strategy included in the downtown plan update for Spokane, Washington. The HIA focused on the potential health effects of air quality, noise, safety, mental health, parks and natural space, private goods and services, transportation, social equity, and physical activity of five elements of the pedestrian strategy: one-way conversions, sidewalks and crosswalks, new pedestrian connections, pedestrian zone conversion, and expected changes to the Centennial Trail (a 37-mile paved trail between the Idaho state line and Nine Mile Falls, located northwest of downtown Spokane on the Spokane River).

Outcome

This rapid HIA examined the pedestrian portion of the multimodal transportation strategy included in the downtown plan update for Spokane, Washington. The HIA recommended increasing pedestrian and bike connectivity in the city and suggested that the Spokane City Council become more involved in the HIA process. The city adopted the HIA recommendations, which also included planting more trees and plants, ensuring that sidewalks are complete and have an appropriate width, and improving handicap accessibility.

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At A Glance
  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2009
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Built Environment
  • Organization Type Government Agency