Walking  Redmond

Redmond offers many opportunities to walk, bike or skate. There are many trails, sidewalks and walking paths to walk whether for fun, exercise or simply to get from place to place within the city or on an urban trail. Visit Redmond’s East walking map (PDF) and West walking map (PDF) offer many choices to encourage you to put one foot in front of another.       

Read our Share the Trail brochure (PDF) filled with best behavior and safe practices when sharing the trail with others.

Resources

Redmond’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee helps enhance Redmond’s non-motorized transportation system to better enable people to safely and efficiently move about the community by foot and bicycle. 

Go Redmond provides incentives for people using alternative modes of transportation to get to work. 

The following are safety elements the City has deployed for pedestrian safety:

  1. Crosswalks
  2. Countdown Signals & Push Buttons
  3. Pedestrian Zone Signs
  4. School Zones

Washington State Law

The law in Washington State places a legal obligation on drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, drivers must come to a complete stop. 

Washington State's crosswalk law (RCW 46.61.235) says:

1. Drivers must stop if a pedestrian is in their half of the roadwayCrosswalk1

2. Drivers must stop if a pedestrian is within one lane of their half of the roadwayCrosswalk2

3. Once the pedestrian is beyond one lane of their half of the roadway, drivers may goCrosswalk3

A crosswalk is any portion of the road outlined with white paint, or created by reflective pavement markings or a different texture of concrete like brick pavers. These markings identify the portion of the road that is designated for pedestrian travel and define a "marked" crosswalk. It's the preferred, and safest, crossing location for pedestrians, particularly if the crosswalk is enhanced by a traffic signal. However, using a crosswalk does not relieve pedestrians from using due care for their own safety. 

A mid-block crosswalk is a crossing marked in between intersections, usually at an uncontrolled location (without a traffic signal or a stop sign). They are designed to discourage pedestrians from making random crossings by offering a convenient location to cross in an area without frequent intersection crossings. 

Legal pedestrian crossings exist at every intersection, whether the crosswalk is marked or not.

Requesting a Marked Crosswalk

The decision to install or not install a marked crosswalk is taken very seriously. Crosswalks are not marked unless anticipated benefits clearly outweigh the risks. When a request comes into the City for a marked crosswalk, the location will be reviewed when one or more of the following conditions are present:

  • The location has not been reviewed within the last three years
  • Staff suspects that a reasonable person would have difficulty determining an appropriate crossing location
  • A reasonable person would not expect to encounter pedestrians at the location
  • In general, the City of Redmond marks crosswalks under limited conditions, considering such factors as pedestrian volume, traffic volume, traffic speed, and roadway configuration. 

If you would like the City to consider a marked crosswalk at a specific location, you can submit your request via email to Crosswalk Request.