The City of Kirkland recognizes pedestrian safety and walkability as key components in the quality of life for those that live, work, and play here. The City has preserved its public pathways along Lake Washington Boulevard, a walker’s paradise. Below are highlights of programs that reflect the City’s commitment to an active and healthy community:
Active Living Task Force
The Active Living Task Force, created in 2007, is comprised of residents, community agencies, local businesses, and City representatives. The vision is to work with Kirkland policy makers and provide support for local strategies aimed at promoting community-enriched physical activity as an integral part of everyone’s (including the disabled) daily life.
The Kirkland Steppers Walk Program: Adults 50+ meet every Tuesday and Thursday for walks in downtown Kirkland (June–September).
Neighborhood Walking Opportunities:
Printable neighborhood walking maps are available on the City of Kirkland website to inspire and encourage a walkable and healthy community.
Parks and Community Services Department: Adopted the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Step Up to Health campaign.
City of Kirkland Policies
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Award for “Building a Healthy Community for Active Aging”
- First city outside of California to install in-pavement light crosswalks
- First city in U.S. to implement pedestrian flag program
- First city in Washington to adopt a “Complete Streets” ordinance
- NRPA Community Spotlight Award
- WRPA Award of Excellence for “Step Up to Health Initiative”
- Voted “Top 15 Most Walkable City” by Walking Magazine
Walkable Community Profile (PDF-580 kb)