Don your walking shoes
Instead of dealing with traffic and parking, invigorate your day with some fresh air! Improve your health and state of mind by combining your trips to work, school or shopping destinations with some exercise. Add a ride on the bus, and you can walk pretty much anywhere.
The City of Bellevue has been designated a 2014 Silver Walk Friendly Community award by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
Walking in Downtown Bellevue
It's easier than you might think to be a downtown pedestrian. Downtown Bellevue has large blocks, and crosswalks are far apart, but inside Bellevue's "superblocks" you can find some walkers' oases, such as the City Center Plaza south of the Bellevue Transit Center. In addition, paths that cut through the superblocks can make it faster to get from point A to point B. Check out the orange-colored pedestrian connections in the Downtown Pedestrian Guide.
Maps and guides
- Downtown Pedestrian Guide – includes pedestrian connections, transit information, bike racks, carshare locations, services and points of interest. Request a hard copy here.
- Walkabout map of Downtown Bellevue (from the Walkabout Maps company) – interactive map showing many downtown businesses.
- King County Trails Guide
- Feet First – statewide advocacy organization promoting walkability
- The Grand Connection – the city is developing plans for a major east-west pedestrian connector from east of I-405 across Downtown Bellevue to Meydenbauer Bay
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative – information about the city's work to develop pedestrian- and bike-friendly infrastructure
- Bicycle Rapid Implementation Plan (BRIP) - makes recommendations for citywide investments in bicycling infrastructure
- Vision Zero - the city's commitment to reduce traffic deaths and serious injury collisions on city streets to zero by the year 2030