Crosswalk Program

A family walks across the streetProviding a safe, convenient, and comfortable environment for pedestrians is a core value in the Transportation Department’s mission to deliver high quality and responsive services to the community. Contained in Bellevue’s Comprehensive PlanVision Zero effort and Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative are policies related to improving the street network. 

Crosswalk practices

As the Transportation Department considers requests for new crosswalks or improvements to existing ones, staff recognize there are limited resources and that such upgrades take time. Improvements are made systematically; locations with the higher need get a higher priority.

The Transportation Department has established practices for evaluating crosswalk improvements and allocating resources. More information.

Crosswalk system

Bellevue manages about 400 marked crosswalk sites with various traffic control features, such as traffic signals, non-signalized or flashing beacon systems. Of this total, nearly half  exclusively serve pedestrians; in other words, their sole purpose is helping pedestrians safely cross a street. About 100 school designated marked crosswalks.

The city also maintains flashing crosswalk systems. Most of them are newer Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs); some are older yellow beacon flashing systems. The RRFB are highly effective, drawing greater attention from motorists, alerting them of a crossing pedestrian. The Transportation Department is gradually upgrading the standard flashing yellow beacon sites; new RRFB systems are being installed where they are needed.

Requesting a crossing assessment

To contact the city's Traffic Engineering Division or to request an evaluation of pedestrian crossing conditions, please fill out a Crossing Assessment Request Form. The information you provide will help staff better understand the needs of the site. An engineer will be assigned to review the location and follow up with any findings. 


Chris Long



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