Pathways for Active Transportation

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Update: Online open house

The Pathways for Active Transportation online open house is now closed. Thank you to those who participated in this countywide conversation about sidewalks, bike lanes and trails - or the active transportation pathways.


There are great benefits to being able to reach a destination by walking, running or biking (sometimes called active transportation) within your community. However, active transportation can sometimes be challenging in some areas of Snohomish County. Some pathways don’t get residents from point A to point B and some don’t connect residents to useful destinations. While some pathways need minor improvements, others have yet to be constructed. Snohomish County Public Works recognizes the importance of improving these connections and has implemented this Pathways for Active Transportation program.

The program seeks to improve active transportation access and connectivity for residents and visitors by developing a county-wide vision for active transportation and a plan to make that vision a reality. The development of a more diverse transportation system will assist in more transportation options and increasing non-motorized transportation trips.

First Steps

The first step is to study and receive feedback from the public on the needs and current active transportation pathways in Snohomish County. It will result in recommendations on:
  • Goals and policies
  • List of prioritized projects
  • Funding strategies
  • Design elements/scale
  • A future active transportation circulation map
This study will analyze existing conditions, identify issues and constraints, opportunities, and community preferences. Throughout this project, staff will work hard to connect with stakeholders and the public to help shape a vision for active transportation in Snohomish County.
During the study, Snohomish County will work with stakeholders and residents to define active transportation, and research which modes (i.e. biking, walking, motorized scooters, etc.) are appropriate for which areas of the county.


Pathways Timeline


Snohomish County Public Works and Parks Departments are working with residents and other stakeholders to draft a Pathways for Active Transportation plan.

Some of the primary stakeholders includes, but is not limited to:
  • Snohomish County Executive/Council
  • Snohomish County departments
  • Advocate organizations for specific modes of transportation
  • Environmental advocate groups
  • ADA Advisory Committee
  • Local cities and towns
  • School districts
  • Transit organizations

Working with Partners

The Pathways for Active Transportation program will develop an implementable plan for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County. The program will also take into consideration municipal boundaries and how to best work with our partner cities within the county to make the pathways seamless and connected regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.


Possible benefits of an improved network of active transportation pathways can be, but are not limited to:
  • Connectivity of communities
  • More transportation and recreational options
  • Improved health of residents and the environment
  • Increase in the economy
  • Reduction in motorized trips