Crosswalk Program

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Providing a safe, convenient, and comfortable environment for pedestrians an important part of the Transportation Department's mission. Contained in Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan, Vision Zero effort and Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative are policies related to improving the street network.

Requests

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

Flashing beacons

Bellevue manages about 400 marked crosswalks 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.

The city also maintains flashing crosswalks. Most of them use a newer system called Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons; some are older yellow beacon flashing systems. The newer flashing beacons are highly effective, drawing greater attention from motorists, alerting them to a crossing pedestrian. The Transportation Department is gradually upgrading the standard flashing beacons with the newer rapid flashing beacons.

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 understand the needs at the site. An engineer will be assigned to review the location and follow up with the findings.