The City of Spokane Valley has the essential elements for biking and walking, considering most streets connect, congestion is minimal, the terrain is flat, and weather is suitable many months of the year. For these reasons, biking and walking is a great way to get around the City. To capitalize on these assets, the City of Spokane Valley has developed a Bike and Pedestrian Master Program (BPMP).
The BPMP guides the planning, development and management of existing and future multi-modal connections within the City. The BPMP is integrated throughout the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan provides priorities for development of city-wide bike and pedestrian facility improvements.
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As with many cities, Spokane Valley has limited funds with which to pursue its bike and pedestrian goals. Focused and prioritized resources will aid the City in having a positive impact on non-motorized transportation infrastructure. The City strives to make strategic investments of the limited resources available and where possible, leverage resources in cooperation with other governmental and private agencies. Priority is given to those projects anticipated to serve the greatest number of people and to contribute to overall safety.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, repair, maintenance, and operation of the City’s transportation system. Bike and pedestrian improvements are often implemented through existing procedures such as restriping with pavement preservation projects. Since the adoption of the Bike and Pedestrian Master Program the City has made many improvements to the non-motorized transportation system. The non-motorized transportation system can be viewed through our interactive online maps.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a growing movement to encourage and support biking and walking to school. Developing a SRTS program has a multitude of benefits including but not limited to public health, public safety, education, and transportation.
The City of Spokane Valley has developed partnerships with the Spokane Regional Health District, West Valley School District, Central Valley School District, East Valley School District, Washington State University, and Bicycle Alliance of Washington to develop a SRTS program. The outcome of this collaborative effort is a comprehensive sidewalk inventory identifying ADA facilities (such as wheel chair ramps), crosswalks, dangerous intersections, and other pertinent data that will be used to prioritize pedestrian improvements in an effort to increase safe routes to school within our City.
In cooperation, the City and the Valley School Districts will use the SRTS program to leverage federal funding for prioritized sidewalk projects and safer street crossings to encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.
Through this collaborative effort the following SRTS maps (poster size) were developed for Valley School Districts.