Active Transportation

Van Lierop Pedestrians

Active transportation includes any form of human-powered transportation. This could be walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating, or skateboarding. In recent years, the City has begun focusing more efforts in expanding and better supporting our active transportation network and programs throughout the city.

This has included unanimous Council adoption of the City's first active transportation plan, hosting a summer lunchtime walk series to educate participants about City development and mobility projects, and completing an ADA Transition Plan. More information about these and other projects can be found through links on this page.

Active Transportation Plan

The City adopted its first Active Transportation Plan (ATP, also referred to as Puyallup Moves) in 2017 following extensive outreach and discussion as part of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan update process. This plan addresses nonmotorized transportation modes (including transit, walking, biking, and skating), and provides a roadmap to meet the City’s goal of providing a safe, balanced, and efficient multi-modal transportation system that is consistent with the City’s overall vision and adequately serves anticipated growth. 

The priorities identified in the plan are to:

  • Provide connectivity to support local travel in Puyallup.
  • Improve safety for all road users in Puyallup through street designs that accommodate all modes.
  • Encourage placemaking and the creation of a vibrant, walkable identity for Puyallup’s downtown.

The plan identifies potential programs to increase use of nonmotorized transportation, defines various bike facilities the city might implement, and establishes a list of near-term priority projects for increasing walking and biking facilities. 

Safe Routes to School

The City adopted a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) master plan in 2019 as the next step in the City’s ongoing effort to improve active transportation in Puyallup. This plan outlines project recommendations, proposed programs, and funding sources that work towards ensuring school communities are provided with transportation options that promote the health and well-being of students.

The plan is the culmination of a collaborative planning process led by the City with representatives from the Puyallup School District and four private schools in Puyallup to determine appropriate transportation improvements that meet the needs of the seventeen school communities in Puyallup. This Plan summarizes the outreach and planning process and provides recommendations for each of the “Six E’s of Safe Routes to School” – Education, Engineering, Evaluation, Encouragement, Equity, and Enforcement.

While the plan focuses on assisting children that walk and bike to school, all travel modes must be considered to truly create safe routes to school. For this reason, the Plan includes recommendations related to infrastructure – including a list of the top 10 priority projects, community education, and school programs/operations with the combined intent of improving safety and circulation for all modes, including vehicles.


ADA Transition Plan

The City adopted an ADA Transition Plan in 2018. This plan, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ensures that the city's transportation system, other publicly provided capital facilities, and city services are accessible to all. Approximately 18 percent of Americans are disabled and they are guaranteed by law equal access to publicly provided facilities and services. The purpose of this Transition Plan is to evaluate existing practices and facilities and develop a framework for implementing accessibility requirements across all City of Puyallup departments. The ADA requires all public agencies with fifty or more employees to develop an ADA transition plan in order to evaluate existing facilities and set steps and a schedule for implementing needed changes to bring them into ADA compliance. This Transition Plan fulfills these requirements.